Visitors to Florence will no doubt walk along and cross over the river that runs through the city center; and while it’s possible to see the city these days without paying much attention to the river, that wasn’t always the case. The Arno River was once an incredibly important river to central Italy, serving as a “highway” that brought shipments from the sea and brought warring soldiers from neighboring cities. Today, the River Arno may not be as critical an avenue for shipping or armies, but it’s no less important to the identity of Tuscany.

The Arno River runs through Florence, as well as the cities of Pisa, Empoli, and Arezzo. Florence’s famous Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”) spans the Arno, and hotel rooms with a river view usually command high prices. Also note that the part of central Florence located on the opposite side of the river from the Duomo and train station is known as the “Oltrarno,” or “other Arno,” meaning the other side of the Arno River.

The Arno isn’t always peaceful and romantic, however, as the river has flooded on several occasions, most notably in 1966 when 40 people died and many of Florence’s priceless art was damaged or destroyed. Today, you can still see flood markers on many buildings - but you’ll need to look up, as the water reached roughly 22 feet (6.7 meters) in the city center.

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Florence Stand Up Paddle Tour On The River Arno, Florence, null
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Florence Stand Up Paddle Tour On The River Arno

Take a break from the crowds on this 2 hour paddle tour of Florence. Enjoy the easy cruise down the River Arno as you see the sights from a new vantage point.

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.94
Sightseeing Walking and Electric Car Tour, Florence, Stand Up Paddleboarding
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Sightseeing Walking and Electric Car Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Start your sightseeing tour by walking through the narrow streets of Florence, then continue your experience on board of an electric car, equipped with audio ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.85
Florence Uffizi Gallery and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour by Minivan from Pisa, Pisa, Eco Tours
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Florence Uffizi Gallery and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour by Minivan from Pisa

Travel through the Tuscan countryside. Spend the day venturing around Florence. Wine tasting in a beautiful tuscan cellar

Location: Pisa, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.83
Full-Day Tour of Florence from Rome with Transfers, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Full-Day Tour of Florence from Rome with Transfers

Explore the Renaissance city of Florence on a full-day tour from Rome. In this Tuscan capital, you will see medieval sites, a picturesque view of the valley, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $297.47
Vespa Tour of Fiesole and Mugello from Florence Including Wine and Espresso Tasting, Florence, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Vespa Tour of Fiesole and Mugello from Florence Including Wine and Espresso Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Take a wonderful ride on this iconic scooter, for a new experience along the enchanting roads of the Medici’s Lands!

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

From USD $97.25
Small Group Tuscany Day Trip From Florence with Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano, Florence, Vespa, ... 
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Small Group Tuscany Day Trip From Florence with Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

If you want to enjoy the best of Tuscany’s culture, food and history without the hassle of trying to find your way around its beautiful but often ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.75
Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart, Florence, Day Trips
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Leave no footprints on an eco tour of Florence by electric golf cart and marvel at the landmarks of Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria and Santa Maria ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 85 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.18
Florence Day Trip: Private Tour from Rome, Rome, Eco Tours
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Florence Day Trip: Private Tour from Rome

If you were able to realize your dream arranging a trip to Rome but you haven't a chance to spent more days across Italy, this is the best and faster way to ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $629.26
Hills of Florence Evening Walking Tour with Pizza Making Cooking Class, Florence, Private Day Trips
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Hills of Florence Evening Walking Tour with Pizza Making Cooking Class

Enjoy the views, sounds and perfumes during this tour departing from central Florence and take the chance to learn how to make pizza with our professional ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.69
Florence Family Walking Tour With History, Folklore and Gelato, Florence, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Florence Family Walking Tour With History, Folklore and Gelato

A great adventure for adults and children in the name of knowledge and fun, a magical experience for the whole family accompanied by a kid-friendly local guide

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

From USD $40.04

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