Guided tour

Florence Boat Tour

4.2 / 5

81 reviews

Florence Boat Tour

From US$ 62.30 per person

Come aboard this “Florentine Gondola” for a romantic and unique cruise on the Arno river! Board a historic boat and see the city from a new point of view.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Enjoy a romantic cruise along the Arno River aboard a vintage "Barchetto" boat
  • Hear fascinating facts about Florence's history and culture from your local guide
  • Celebrate your Florentine evening with a cool glass of wine
Full description
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.
  • Mini-cruise on the Arno River
  • Glass of wine
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Local partner's office, Piazza Mentana 2red, Florence The office is located on the street level, opposite from the Arno River.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • To get on board the boat more easily, please don't wear flip-flops.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 81 reviews

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Definitely a great experience that I would recommend to other travelers to Florence for the first time. My wife loves kayaking and boat excursions, so I thought it would be a nice idea to get this experience going down the Arno. It is unlike any experience walking on the streets, as you get to see the city from an entirely different perspective. Our guide was very nice and spoke in perfect English. She brought 2 bottles of wine to share between the 8 or so passengers, so that was a great little touch as well. She explained about the different buildings as well as the history and stories behind many of them. Our ride started at 6pm, so it was great to start in the light and end during sunset. It is not a long ride (1 hour), which was perfect for us, as we had many things to see and dinner reservations. Overall, I highly recommend this experience.

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October 18, 2021

Very nice view from the Arno river!

It is very interesting see some icon places of Florence from the river. Our guide was knowledge and very kind . Some observations , in summer the wine must be cool and may be will nice if the boat go trough Michelangelo Piazza ! I loved , was something different to do!

July 10, 2019

Great experience down the river

The tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgable of the area and shared great information as we walked down to the river. While the boat tour itself is not very long (~45 minutes), it was adequate to explain lots of information about the bridges and historic locations near the river.

May 31, 2015

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