Nowadays, the population of the city is approximately 356,000 people. Florence is a unique and unforgettable city, a kind of a museum in the open air. This city is not the best choice for travellers who are searching for diversified nightlife. However, Florence would become the best choice if you want to feel the atmosphere of the past and the charm of a truly unique culture.
Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio).
The old bridge over the Arno River named Ponte Vecchio is known as one of the main places of interest in Florence. The image of the bridge can be found in almost all the postcards featuring Florence and its sights. This bridge is one of the main tourist places of interest of the city. By the way, Ponte Vecchio is also the oldest bridge in Florence, on either side of which visitors will see rows of medieval buildings. One can notice the bridge only when standing directly on it. At that time, there was so little space inside the city walls that houses were built everywhere, even on bridges. Ponte Vecchio is the best proof. Nowadays, this is the place where visitors can buy gold, silver, and jade, and enjoy the view from the bridge to the Arno. In the centre of the Ponte Vecchio, visitors will find a monument dedicated to Benvenuto Cellini, a famous sculptor and jeweller. He was considered the person who embodied pride and glory of Florence.