4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Cruise along the Arno River and under the incredible Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge, on a barchetto, a small traditional boat! Florence’s answer to the Venetian gondola, your barchetto is one of only four originals still operating in Florence. Savor this unique experience with a glass of chilled Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) while passing beautiful Florence attractions like the Corsini Palace and the Santa Trinita Bridge.

Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group boat ride, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.


  • 1-hour Florence boat ride aboard a traditional barchetto, one of only four originals still operating in Florence
  • Cruise down the Arno and pass under the Ponte Vecchio
  • Enjoy a glass of Prosecco while gliding down the river
  • Pass beautiful Florence attractions like the Uffizi Gallery and the Corsini Palace
  • Learn about Florence from a historian guide on a 30-minute guided walk
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12 people, ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

As you make your way from your central Florence meeting point to the riverside on a 30-minute guided walk, your local historian guide will introduce you to the many charms of the city! Walk through the distinctive Piazza Signoria, often considered the political hub of Florence, and pass the Uffizi Gallery before seeing the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge that stretches across the Arno.

At the embarkation point, hop aboard your boat, one of Florence’s rare original barchettos, and head down the Arno on a one-hour cruise. Meaning 'little boat' in Italian, the barchetto is a wooden gondola-style boat that was originally used (centuries ago) to carry building materials for Florence's city walls down the river.

While your guide unveils the secrets of the beautiful palaces that frame the riverside, your barcaiolo, a true Florentine boat-handler, will expertly guide your barchetto with a long wooden oar.

Relaxing with a glass of Prosecco, you'll glide past the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art museums in Italy, before sailing under the unique Ponte Vecchio. As you cruise, your guide will talk about the mysterious Vasari Corridor, the enclosed passageway that lines the Ponte Vecchio, and will explain the town's history. You will also see countless other Florence attractions during your cruise, such as the Santa Trinita Bridge and Corsini Palace with its stunning Baroque architecture.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is one of the most memorable cruises, I've heard so many interesting things about Florence in one hour, as I did not hear the previous full day excursions
Thank you so much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One of my favorite memories of Florence! It was absolutely delightful to slip gently down the Arno River early in the evening, being poled along by our boatman in traditional fashion. We even cooled our feet in the water as our personable guide explained the sights we viewed as we glided under the Ponte Vecchio and other bridges on a lovely evening. Out guide popped the cork of our bottle of Prosecco as we approached a bridge, delighting a group of teenagers on the bridge who caught our cork and cheered. What fun! I'd definitely take this short cruise again if I return to Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a fabulous trip down the Arno River. Our tour guide was the best and made our ride so enjoyable. We started off by meeting at a certain area and than walked to the river. We had 2 boats full. The sun was going down and made for a picture perfect trip floating down and back up the river. Drinking champagne and enjoying the scenery was the way to go!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Reasonably priced, walk to river was okay but river tour wS exceptional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I really enjoyed this trip - it was a gentle meander along the Arno - our guide Michael was charming and very knowledgpeable and enthusiastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My husband and I took this tour on our arrival day. It is a nice introduction to Florence and a good way to stay awake.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a really lovely trip, hosted by a very professional guide. It was immensely atmospheric and conducted in a vert friendly and welcoming way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide was full of pertinent information on Florence and the buildings on the Arno... No problem exchanging voucher on arrival.... Good group.... Perfect way to spend the sunset sipping a glass of Prosecco !!!! Would definitely put this on the list for Florence.....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great fun, we booked this at the very beginning of our trip so we could get better equated with Florence as we were only visiting for a short time! Barbara was a great tour guide, knowledgeable and funny. Great start to a magical weekend

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