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Arno River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence Boat Tour

1. Florence Boat Tour

See Florence from a whole new perspective, with a relaxing and leisurely cruise down the Arno River. Hop on board the “barchetto”, one of only four original traditional wooden boats left in Florence. A traditional rower will steer you through the water with a long, sweeping oar. Your guide will tell you about the secrets and history of the Arno River as you cruise on its calm waters and admire the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed. See the Uffizi and the charming Ponte Vecchio from the water, and hear stories of the mysterious Vasari Corridor. You will also have the chance to pass under the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Palazzo Corsini. Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine onboard, to celebrate your romantic evening in Florence! See and experience a new side of this special city from the comfort of a traditional, gondola-style boat.

Florence: Pontevecchio Bridge and City Sights Rafting Cruise

2. Florence: Pontevecchio Bridge and City Sights Rafting Cruise

Admire Florence's iconic historical sites from a different perspective: on a raft on the Arno River. Listen to your guide tell you stories of each location as you easily glide over the river's peaceful waters. Kick up your adrenaline with a quick descent down the San Niccolò water slide and see the marvellous Pontevecchio Bridge from beneath it. Follow the Arno River through the city, passing under its four main historical bridges. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the river, seeing Florence's city center and its incredible architecture from a unique and relaxing perspective. Glide past sights such as the National Library, Uffizi Gallery, Pontevecchio, Santa Trinita bridge with Ammannati's sculptures, and much more. Enjoy a thrilling descent down the dam of San Niccolò before arriving under the picturesque arches of the Pontevecchio Bridge. Take your time to admire the famed Vasari Corridor and the goldsmiths' workshops from below.

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

3. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

4. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

Florence: Rafting Trip on the River Arno

5. Florence: Rafting Trip on the River Arno

Who said that art cities are boring? With our one-of-a-kind tour, you can experience the incredible artistic heritage of Florence in an active and, above all, adventurous way, from start to finish! On board of our rafting boats, guided by qualified personnel and in complete safety. The tour will start from the eastern end of the city stretch of the Arno river immediately with a strong emotion: the small waterfall of Pescaia di San Niccolò (river level permitting). The journey on the Arno will then continue westwards through the historic center: visiting the city from another point of view, fluvial and silent, compared to the crowding and confusion of the city streets, is a unique experience that everyone can try: from a couple of young friends, to families, to seniors; whether you want to paddle or let yourself be lulled by the current of the Arno, the view of the palaces and churches that overlook the Arno, as well as that of the bridges that we will meet, is remarkable: from the Museum dedicated to Galileo Galilei, to the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio to S. Trinita, and then Palazzo Spini Feroni, Palazzo Corsini, the Church of S. Frediano in Cestello and much more...

Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

6. Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

Begin your immersion into Florence with a small group walking and tasting tour. Admire the iconic sights of Florence and learn the historical and cultural significance from your guide. Work up an appetite and taste sweet pastries, wander the food market, and discover a famous local hotspot. Meet your guide at the Santa Maria Novella square and admire the homonymous Basilica, a true Renaissance masterpiece. Learn the history and the characters of Florence as you stroll through city alleys. Reach the Cathedral, a symbol of the city, and learn how Brunelleschi managed to build the big dome. Visit Signoria Square, surrounded by sculptures and artworks by Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna, and Michelangelo. Get ready for the first tasting at a local bakery, savor delightful parties ad Tuscan sweets that are impossible to find on your own. Walk towards the Arno river and contemplate the noble palaces and Ponte Vecchio. Next, explore the medieval district and Santa Croce church, which hosts the most important characters of Florence inside and an annual ancient history tournament. Pass through to the east side of the city and take in the bustling atmosphere as you browse the daily food market. Try different tastes of Florentine delicatessens and breathe the fresh aromas of local products. Stop last at a curious food shop, famous even to the locals. Chill out with a tasty glass of wine and a selection of Tuscan crostini or a treat of the day. Cin cin!

Florence: Florentina Boat Tour

7. Florence: Florentina Boat Tour

Discover Florence on a relaxing and leisurely cruise down the Arno River. After meeting up with your guide in Signoria Square, you will walk through the historic city center, passing the Uffizi courtyards, as the guide will explain to you the importance and history of this historical museum. Continuing through the courtyard, you will arrive at the banks of Ponte Vecchio of the Arno River, and the guide will escort you to the docks at the embarcadero. Here you will hop on to a barchetto, an original traditional wooden boat - of which there are only four boats left in Florence. The boat will be steered by a traditional Florentine rower. During the boat ride your guide will reveal the hidden secrets and history of the River Arno. Admire and also learn about the Uffizi and the charming Ponte Vecchio from the water. Do not miss the chance of passing under the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Corsini.Hop aboard to see and experience a unique side of this Renaissance city, while sipping on a glass of Prosecco.

Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo Panoramic Tour by Minivan

8. Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo Panoramic Tour by Minivan

Fall in love with Florence while being driven around the city center on a luxury minivan on this sightseeing tour. Admire the magical skyline as your driver takes you along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo. Start from Piazzale Michelangelo early in the morning, avoiding the crowds, to get the most out of this experience. Enjoy free time to admire the amazing view and soak in the wonderful panorama of the city. Stop to take photos of the famous skyline dominated by its most iconic monuments like the Florence Cathedral with its Brunelleschi Dome and Giotto Bell Tower, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, and many others. See the reflection of Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge of the city, in the Arno River.

Florence: Ponte Vecchio and Bridges Paddle Boarding Tour

9. Florence: Ponte Vecchio and Bridges Paddle Boarding Tour

Learn the basics of standup paddleboarding from a coach. Discover Florence, the Old City, the Uffizi, the National Library, Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita, the Vasarian Corredor, and the beautiful Palazzo Corsini. Enjoy the pleasant summer weather and the beautiful light of Florence, try a relaxing cruising paddling in the day, enjoy the amazing sunset on the river for a break and a glass of Chianti wine. Cruise under the stars on the river, with a night tour from June and July (available on request). Discover the view of elegant buildings and bridges from the river. Move from the Pescaia di San Niccolò, paddling along the National Library, old Tribunal. Navigate along the Uffizi Gallery, take a break for a floating drink, cross Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Santa Trinita, Palazzo Corsini, Ponte alla Carraia and other beautiful old buildings.

From Rome: Florence, Accademia Gallery, & Pisa Private Tour

10. From Rome: Florence, Accademia Gallery, & Pisa Private Tour

Explore the cultural and historical highlights of Florence and Pisa on this guided tour. See endless beautiful landscapes and vineyards along the way, and see famous sites like the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Departure from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. You will see “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and you will visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12 pm departure toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 2:30 pm meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. At the 4:30pm departure to Rome.

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What people are saying about Arno River

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 265 reviews

A very informative tour by Francesca, bringing the history, architecture and culture of Florence to life through the story of the Medici family. Very well worth taking this tour.

The instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. Had a great first time paddle boarding experience. More details about the meeting point would’ve been useful, however.

Our guide, Chiara, was charming and informative. Daniele, our boat pilot, gave a smooth, pleasant ride.

Super beautiful over the Arno! The guide knew a lot about the city. Also really new funny facts.

Nice tour with lots of information and a very nice guide.