Between Ponte Santa Trinita e Ponte alle Grazie, Ponte Vecchio is the Old Bridge of the town.
It is one of the most famous spot of Florence, full of jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.
The bridge first appeared in a document of 996. The nearest Torre dei Mannelli was built to defend the bridge, very important way of connection between the two sides of the city.
During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio was not destroyed by Germans during their retreat of 1944, unlike all other bridges in Florence. It seems it was because of an express order by Hitler.
Ponte Vecchio is also world famous for the Vasari Corridor above it. In order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti, in 1565 Cosimo I de’ Medici asked to Giorgio Vasari to build a corridor to enforce the prestige of the bridge. In 1593 the Medici Family prohibited butchers from selling in Ponte Vecchio and their place was taken by the gold merchants, still present today.