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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Sightseeing Walking and Electric Car Tour, Florence, null
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Sightseeing Walking and Electric Car Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $118.24
Florence Stand Up Paddle Tour On The River Arno, Florence, Eco Tours
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Florence Stand Up Paddle Tour On The River Arno

Take a break from the crowds on this 2-hour stand-up paddle tour of Florence. Enjoy the easy cruise down the River Arno as you see the sights from a new ...  Read more

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

From USD $74.17
Florence Uffizi Gallery and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour by Minivan from Pisa, Pisa, Stand Up ... 
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Florence Uffizi Gallery and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour by Minivan from Pisa

Explore some of the highlights of Tuscany, including a visit to Florence's Uffizi Gallery and a Chianti wine tasting, with this 9-hour trip from Pisa. Travel ...  Read more

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

From USD $127.91
Full-Day Tour of Florence from Rome with Transfers, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

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 $279.47
Florence Day Trip: Private Tour from Rome, Rome, Full-day 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 $591.18
Vespa Tour of Greater Florence — including Fiesole and Mugello — complete with wine tasting, ... 
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Vespa Tour of Greater Florence — including Fiesole and Mugello — complete with wine tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Embark on a stunning half-day tour of the Tuscan countryside aboard your own Italian scooter. Learn the basics of Vespa riding from a knowledgeable instructor ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.36
Small Group Tuscany Day Trip From Florence with Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano, Florence, Vespa, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small Group Tuscany Day Trip From Florence with Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 confusing ...  Read more

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

From USD $154.78
Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart, Florence, Day Trips
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

4 star rating: Recommended 3 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: Flexible

From USD $31.17
Family-Oriented Florence Walking Tour With History, Folklore and Gelato, Florence, Eco Tours
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Family-Oriented Florence Walking Tour With History, Folklore and Gelato

Set out on a unique, 2-hour walking tour of Florence that caters to the entire family. Join your guide along the streets of this story-filled Renaissance ...  Read more

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

From USD $37.62
Hidden Florence Walking Tour from Florence, Florence, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Hidden Florence Walking Tour from Florence

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

Enjoy a stroll around Florence in the late evening, while learning about the mysteries, secrets, legends, etc. that make Florence unique. You will see places ...  Read more

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

From USD $41.92

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