Florence, Italy by Lex Kravetski CC BY 2.0

The Bridges of Florence

The City of Florence is divided in two by the river Arno, but its charming bridges give it a harmonious sense of continuity between the two sides. All of Florence’s bridges share centuries of history. The oldest and most famous is certainly Ponte Vecchio, mentioned by author Dan Brown in his novel Inferno. However, the other bridges are also important and noteworthy, given their stories, particularities, and that they have become real monuments.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is the first bridge ever built in Florence.

Historical sources indicate that Ponte Vecchio has been in place since at least the twelfth century, and we know that for a long time the Arno River was crossable only at this point.

Throughout its history, Ponte Vecchio has been renovated several times because of frequent floods, such as the one in 1333 that completely destroyed it.