The oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge over the Arno. Built in 1345 on the ruins of a Roman bridge, it reflects the traditional style of that time, with many houses built within it. During the Renaissance, the bridge housed goldsmiths, replacing traders whose smell offended Duke Ferdinand I; they're now converted into shops. Many musicians and street artists perform there. It supports the Vasari Corridor, connecting the Pitti Palace in Palazzo Vecchio. Book your hotel in Florence near Ponte Vecchio to be in the heart of the city!