Florence was once one of the wealthiest cities in Europe, and it continues to uphold its reputation with multiple stores selling some of the finest jewelry in Italy.
Perhaps no other store in Florence captures the feeling of grandeur like Ponte Vecchio Gioielli, named for the most famous bridge in the city. It's a tribute to the persona of Florence, and a craft that has been a part of the city's history for hundreds upon hundreds of years.
One of the gorgeous choices available at Ponte Vecchio Gioielli — Photo courtesy of Ponte Vecchio Gioielli
Today, the Ponte Vecchio is one of the best places to buy luxury goods in the city, and it provides the namesake for this famous shop. Originally, however, it housed butchers' shops and served as the meat district, including the smells.
Cosimo I could no longer take the stench that wafted so close to his palace – the Palazzo Vecchio – so he ordered the bridge be emptied of all the meat and replaced with other kinds of shops. Luxury shops moved in, and jewelry has been the main industry taking place on the bridge ever since.
History is an intrinsic part of any visit to a city in Italy, and Florence is chock-full of it. Ponte Vecchio Gioielli holds some of the finest luxury and jewelry items within the area, all with a flare dedicated to the grandeur of Florence's past.
The store takes pride in its devotion to the idea of family; it's been within the Uga Cala family for more than 60 years and has provided both tourists and locals alike with the opportunity to purchase some of the city's finest in luxury goods.
A fantastic collection of soaps and lotions are also part of the selection offered here. And if you're looking for an original gift for someone you love, you'll find it within the vast stores of items available.
Whether you're looking for something unique or you want to find some classic pieces of jewelry or soap, the Uga Cala family is happy to assist you with any needs that you might have. Perhaps no one knows their jewelry more in a city where luxury is part of the experience.
Ponte Vecchio Gioielli is located a little bit outside of the city, but it's easy to take a cab to the store, where you can find all sorts of special items. The store is open most days, and visitors should feel free to call the store in advance if they're thinking about asking for a private viewing of what's available.