Florence Boat Tour


Come aboard this ‘Florentine Gondola’ for a romantic and unique cruise on the Arno river!
Choose the morning departure to start the day with a unique experience on the river or the evening departure for an ‘aperitivo’ right before dinner! See Florence from a total different perspective. A leisurely cruise down the River Arno is a great way to see Florence.

Meet the guide at the meeting point and enjoy a nice introduction tour as you walk through Piazza Signoria and under the Uffizi Gallery seeing the Pontevecchio Bridge from the bank all the way through to the ’embarcadero’.  You will then get on board the ‘barchetto’, one of the only 4 original traditional wooden boats left in Florence conducted by a ‘barcaiolo’ or boatman.  He will guide the boat with his long-reaching pole as per Florentine tradition. No noisy engines, only the charm of tradition and the voice of your expert guide to unveil the secrets of the Arno River as you stroll on its calm waters and discover the history and beautiful Palazzos that frame the ancient riverbed.

You will pass in front of the Uffizi Gallery, the caretaker of many artistic historical treasures. Pass under the unique Pontevecchio Bridge and you will discover the mysterious Vasari Corridor. You will also have the chance to see the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Palazzo Corsini. You will then enjoy a refreshing ‘aperitivo’,  such as a cool Prosecco, to celebrate on board your romantic evening in Florence! The commentary is informative but very entertaining and may include a few colorful local stories. The tour is safe and very enjoyable.

See and experience the splendor of this special city from the relaxed comfort of an old, gondola-style, traditional boat.

  • Meeting Point: central location in Florence
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 min
  • Included:  guided walk of the city center to the embarcadero (30 min), mini cruise on the Arno River (1 hr),  Prosecco ‘aperitivo’ (evening departure only), guide