Through these old streets I wander dreamily; Around me Florence sweeps her busy tide of life. A city-size shrine to the Renaissance, Florence offers frescoes, sculptures, churches, palaces, and other monuments from the richest cultural flowering the world has known. Unlike Rome and Milan, Florence has a much more 'homey' feel to it. It’s easy to immerse oneself in the Florentine lifestyle and find yourself never wanting to leave. Moreover, where else can you stroll the same pedestrian streets walked by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli while savoring the world's best gelato?
The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge", Italian pronunciation: [ˈponte ˈvɛkkjo] is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common.