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Arno River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

1. Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

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

2. 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 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.

Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

4. Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

Climb onto a comfortable bicycle to experience Florence from a different perspective. See sights such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. Visit areas that the tour buses can’t reach, and cycle down streets with little traffic in the historic center. Explore the Oltrarno quarter, where many of the city’s most notable sights are found. Cycle through the artisans' area to the Renaissance palace of the Palazzo Pitti. Continue to the famous covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio. Bike into Piazzale degli Uffizi to see the façade of the Uffizi Gallery. Admire the palaces of Piazza della Signoria and the pavement cafés of Piazza della Repubblica. See Brunelleschi’s iconic dome on top of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. At stops along the route, your guide will tell you all about Florentine Republic and the Renaissance.

Florence: E-Vespa Rental with Smartphone Tour and Tasting

5. Florence: E-Vespa Rental with Smartphone Tour and Tasting

Cruise through the hills of Florence in an eco-friendly way with this electric Vespa rental. Download the included app to your smartphone and set off on a self-guided adventure. Enjoy a wine and local products tasting experience at an authentic Tuscan establishment. Pick up your Vespa rental and put on the provided helmet to begin your tour. Make your way in style through the hills of Florence and cover more ground in less time. Use the provided app to uncover sights like Fiesole, which is known for its historical Roman Theatre, its natural paths, its medieval buildings, and its Villas. Take in spectacular views of Florence and the valley below. Reach Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace overlooking the city that offers sweeping views of the city's roofs, monuments, and the winding Arno River. Finally, end your route by descending through the scenic Viale dei Colli. Savor local flavors at a food and wine bar in the heart of the charming Oltrarno district. Indulge in a glass of classic Tuscan wine paired with regional cold cuts and cheeses. Return the Vespa to the rental office at the end of your tour.

Florence: Guided Bike Tour

6. Florence: Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence with a guide a bike tour of the city highlights. See sights like the famed Dome of Brunelleschi, the Oltrarno district, and the Square of the Republic. Stay safe with the included helmet and hear your guide clearly with headphones. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Ride at a leisurely pace to the Dome of Brunelleschi, built between the 12th and 14th century. Admire this architectural wonder which is the second largest dome in the world. Head to the Uffizi Gallery building, which is the primary museum in Florence. View the outside of this museum which is home to some of the world’s most impressive works of art by artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Stop at the Square of the Republic which created during the Risanamento period in the 19th century. Cruise to the Basilica of Santa Croce which is the largest Franciscan church in the world and the burial place of famous Italians like Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavell. Get a unique overview of the city as your guide will shares details of Florence's diverse and entertaining history. Visit the Oltrarno district for sweeping views of Florence. Have the chance to stop and purchase a Gelato or hot beverage during your tour.

Florence: Pontevecchio Bridge and City Sights Rafting Cruise

7. 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: Medici-Themed Bike Tour

8. Florence: Medici-Themed Bike Tour

Discover the most famous dynasty in Florence with this Medici-themed guided bike tour. Glide through the historical center of Florence. Select a group or private option. Choose to ride with a regular bike or do less peddling with an e-bike. Uncover what still remains of the most remarkable members of the Medici family like Cosimo the Elder, Lorenzo the Magnificent, and Cosimo I. Admire river-front views on the Arno river. Stop by Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, which has a secret passage connecting the Palazzo Vecchio (government palace) to Palazzo Pitti (a Medici residence). Dive into the magical atmosphere of Oltrarno. Pass by the most authentic neighborhoods in Florence like Santa Rosa and Santo Spirito. Find traditional food and local artisan shops which still create ancient crafts.

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.

Florence: Florentina Boat Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Arno River

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This may have been the highlight of my entire trip to Europe. Gorgeous architecture, fascinating history, and a guide who took great care of us. It was a little difficult to find him - meeting instructions were not great - but he ended up pulling into the piazza a few minutes before our scheduled meeting time and it worked out fine.

Carlo Asti and his adorable puppy, Christy, were our perfect introduction to Florence. Carlo even offered to add an extra 30 minutes to our tour in order to take us to Piazza Michelangelo to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of this beautiful city. Carlo was very informative and entertaining. We had a wonderful time.

Elena was very knowledgeable and really helped us know what to do in Florence next time we come back.

Pam enriched our experience in Florence with detailed historical information about the Medici family!

Very nice and knowledgeable guide who made the trip very personalized to our small group.