Central Florence is split by the Arno River. The main sights - the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Accademia - are on one side of the river, while the neighborhood known as the Oltrarno is on the other. “Oltrarno” actually means “beyond the Arno,” or “the other side of the Arno.”

Among the attractions in the Oltrarno are the massive Pitti Palace, to which the ruling Medici family moved after leaving their residence in the Palazzo Vecchio, and the sprawling Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti. You can also visit the Santo Spirito Basilica (designed by Brunelleschi, who designed the cathedral’s famous dome) and the church of Santa Maria del Carmine (with the fantastic Brancacci Chapel and its Filippino Lippi frescoes).

Keep going through the flatter part of the Oltrarno and you’ll eventually head up staircases and narrow streets into the hills overlooking the city. You know that postcard view you keep seeing all over town? You can see it for yourself from the Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Florence Super Saver: City Bike Tour plus Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore Florence by bike and see Michelangelo’s sculpture of 'David' on an exciting Super Saver that combines two top-selling Florence tours at a discounted ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.65
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Renaissance Florence Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

A pleasant walk in Florence is just what you need to be introduced to the city and its splendor and secular heritage! This tour is born to be the smartest ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.91

Florence Walking Tour: Oltrarno Art and Crafts

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Florence's Oltrarno neighborhood, on the less-visited (but equally charming) side of the River Arno. Your 3-hour walking tour focuses on the intriguing ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.55

4-Day Independent Round-Trip Train Tour from Venice to Rome and Florence

Spend two nights in Rome and one night in Florence on this 4-day independent tour from Venice by train! Choose between 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $849.62

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