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Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)is one of the symbols of Florence. It crosses the river Arno in its narrowest point. The first construction dates back to the roman age, but many times it was damaged by floods of the river: in 1080 a bridge in wood existed, while the one made of stone of 1170 was swept away from the flood of 1333, one of most violent of all the times. The bridge was reconstructed in 1345, with the passage flanked from two rows of craftsmen's shops.

In the 1565 the architect Giorgio Vasari built for Cosimo I the “vasariano corridor”, in order to link the political and administrative center of Palazzo Vecchio with the private dwelling of the Medici, Palazzo Pitti. The banked corridor, long approximately a kilometer, starts from Palazzo Vecchio, passes through the Gallery of the Uffizi and over the shops of the east side of the bridge and continues on the left river until Palazzo Pitti.
The shops on the bridge, occupied initially from fishmongers, butchers and tanners, then were occupied by goldsmiths and jewellers in 1593, for order of Ferdinando I, tha did not appreciate a not noble and stinking commerce under the windows of the Corridor.
At the center of the bridge the shops are interrupted by two panoramic terraces.

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Hotel Bretagna * * Firenze Hotel Bretagna * * Firenze
Hotel Bretagna was once home to a local noble family. Admire original Florentine furnishings, plus a fantastic view of the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio from the hotel's panoramic terrace.
The guest rooms are elegantly decorated. They are located in the main hotel and the Residenza d'Epoca, b ...

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Hotel Montebello Splendid * * * * * Firenze Hotel Montebello Splendid * * * * * Firenze
Montebello Splendid is an 18th-century villa that is now a five-star boutique hotel. It is a 5-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella Station, close to the River Arno. The villa has a beautiful garden where you can dine in the summer. The restaurant serves traditional dishes and a wide choice of w ...

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Hotel Rivoli * * * * Firenze Hotel Rivoli * * * * Firenze
The beautiful Hotel Rivoli features a garden where you can enjoy breakfast or relax in the heated Jacuzzi. Walk to Santa Maria Novella station in less than 5 minutes. This friendly hotel welcomes you with a personalised service and relaxed atmosphere. Start your day with a rich American buffet br ...

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