Straddling both sides of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio is named after the medieval bridge that connects the north and south of Florence. It's a great place to stay when exploring the attractions of the city’s bustling north side and the palaces and gardens to the south. The area is known for its artisan jewellers, and has plenty on offer for those looking for boutique shopping, while the central location has the added benefit of great views over the river. This also means, however, that the streets are likely to be heaving with tourists. Guests looking for a bohemian atmosphere or an abundance of authentic restaurants and bars might find it lacks the charm of a more residential area, but between the monuments and squares at walking distance, and the museums along the river, there’s no shortage of things to do. Being steps away from the beautiful bridge – the oldest in Florence – is not to be sniffed at, either.
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