Returning from Piazzale Michelangelo by bus no. 13, we decided to drop-off at stop no. 15 (Sant’Onofrio) and walked over to Ponte Vecchio. It’s a 15 minutes casual walk from the stop.
Ponte Vecchio – “Old Bridge” in Italian is a famous bridge in Florence and undoubtedly one of the notable landmarks. It links the 2 sides of Florence at the narrowest point of the Arno River. For the numerous shops selling a wide assortment of jewelry ranging from affordable modern jewels to pricey antiques on the bridge, it doesn’t really look like a bridge.
Ponte Vecchio is often full of tourists and whilst we enjoyed getting some nice picture of the bridge in the background, which is an incredibly sight when seen from afar, crossing the bridge itself is an uncomfortable experience during the peak tourist hours. Very busy, packed and lots of street sellers. If you have little time in Florence, seeing it from afar would suffice.
Ponte Vecchio from afar. That’s about the best thing about it!
Bus no. 13 from Piazzale Michelangelo back to town. Drop-off at stop no. 15 and walk over to Ponte Vecchio.
The calm river Arno and buildings on its bank.
Buildings on the banks of river Arno on the way to Ponte Vecchio.
Having a mid-day break by the side of river Arno. Otherwise, tourist horde street vendors above it.
Closer view of Ponte Vecchio.
Entrance to Ponte Vecchio from one side of the river.
Mostly tourist on Ponte Vecchio.
This was during lunch time. Prior to this, the bridge was a havoc.
One place of attraction just a little off the others is Piazzale Michelangelo. With strong legs, you can still walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo but we rather take the public transport. Bus no 13 waits for passengers outside SM Novella train station in-front of the Burger King outlet. You’ll need to buy the bus tickets beforehand and you can get it inside the train station at the tobacco shop. A bus ticket cost €1.20. You’ll need 2 for your to-and-fro journey. The bus departs every 10-15 minutes.
Piazzale Michelangelo is a large square filled with tourists and vendors. It is one of the best and most famous lookouts for a stunning panoramic view of Florence day or night. Here you’ll find a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David. Otherwise, most of Piazzale Michelangelo is just a parking lot.
Panoramic view of Florence. Santa Maria Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio and river Arno as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Route map of bus no. 13. Starting from SM Novella train station and terminates at Piazzale Michelangelo.
The return journey of Bus no. 13. You may want to get off at stop 15, (Sant’Onofrio) and take a casual 15 minutes walk to Ponte Vecchio.
A closer view of the dome of Santa Maria Cathedral.
And a closer view of Ponte Vecchio.
A view of the hills towards your left at Piazzale Michelangelo.
Wall guarding the ‘old town’ on the hill-side.
Restaurant in-front of the car park at Piazzale Michelangelo. Bus no. 13 from SM Novella terminates here.
A statue of ‘David’ can also be found here.
At the car park, a Ferrari for ‘test drive’ at about €200 for 45 minutes.
The interior of the Ferrari.
About the only thing we can afford of a Ferrari. A phone cover bought in our home country.
sampaisudah.com enjoyed the views at Piazzale Michelangelo.
After checking into Hotel Montreal and thereafter having a late lunch, we started our walkabout of Florence at 5:00 pm. First on our list is the Lorenzo street market … not to buy leather but just to have a look-see as we’ve read negative reviews about purchasing leather there.
From our hotel, we headed back towards SM Novella train station and crossed over the round-about to the Zoppini Store. In-front of this store is where you can catch the dedicated black colored bus to Barberino outlet about 35 km away. We then walked along Nazionale Street heading to the San Lorenzo street market.
You can catch the bus to Barberino outlet diagonally opposite the SM Novella train station at the Zoppini Store. It’s the black bus you want to get onto.
Bus route and timetable along the street.
A ‘Smart’ car with see-through doors. Cinderella would love this.
Scooters are what Italy are famous for.
A make shift round-about ?
At the San Lorenzo street market, we noticed one particular design of handbag which looks very nice being sold by multiple vendors … so can this be an Italian handmade product as claimed? We didn’t bother to ask.
The San Lorenzo street market.
Selling leather, clothing and souvenirs. But be wary, there’s a whole lot of low quality imported leather here.
You can also find pottery & ceramic at San Lorenzo street market.
We continued walking until the end of the street market and reached Basilica di San Lorenzo. From here the dome of the Cathedral Santa Maria del fiore can be partially seen. Onwards, we walked to the cathedral, then passed a street with many branded stores and unexpectedly reached Hard Rock cafe & its Rock Shop. We continued walking until we reached Piazza della Signoria. Here you can dwell at the statue of David.
We headed back to our hotel from here as twilight was approaching. Most of Florence’s major attractions are of walking distance and easy to locate.
Basilica di San Lorenzo. The dome of the cathedral Santa Maria can be partially seen.
Cathedral Santa Maria del fiore with its famous red dome.
Battistero di san giovanni across the Cathedral.
The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the bell tower & baptistery of San Giovanni all in one.
Many branded shops in Florence.
Prada among the branded shops.
Hard Rock cafe & Rock Shop in Florence.
Piazza della Signoria. A piece of ‘David’ at the far end.