Oltrarno Tours

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The historic and happening Oltrarno, which sits on the opposite side of the Arno River from the Duomo, the Uffizi, and the Accademia, is one of Florence’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Home to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, the quarter is also known for its artisan workshops, restaurants and wine bars, and nightlife. 

The Basics
In addition to the Medici’s magnificent Palazzo Pitti, there are a number of other important sights in the Oltrarno, including Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the church of Santa Maria del Carmine (home to the Brancacci Chapel, frescoed by Filippino Lippi). One of the most memorable views in Florence is from Piazzale Michelangelo, a scenic square set in the hills above this bustling neighborhood, where crowds gather each evening to watch the sunset.

The best way to enjoy both the culture and cuisine of the Oltrarno is by joining a walking tour that explores its attractions and culinary scene. Many tours of the Oltrarno include highlights paired with food or wine tastings, often scheduled for sunset to enjoy the view over Florence. Another interesting option is a private tour that visits the neighborhood’s artisans and workshops, where you can learn about the local handicrafts firsthand. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours of the Oltrarno are mostly outdoors, so be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat in summer.
  • You will be doing a considerable amount of walking to explore the neighborhood, so choose comfortable footwear.
  • Churches require modest attire that covers knees and shoulders.
  • Some churches and monuments in the Oltrarno are not accessible to wheelchairs, and much of the historic center is paved with cobblestones.
 
How to Get There
The Oltrarno is located just across the Arno River from the Uffizi Gallery; to reach this historic neighborhood, simply walk across the famous Ponte Vecchio.

When to Get There
Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and even the quiet Oltrarno can be crowded in the high-season summer months. Plan your tour for the spring or fall, when the weather is mild but the streets are less overrun.
 
Piazzale Michelangelo: The Best View in Florence
Piazzale Michelangelo, set on a hillside in the Oltrarno, is the most famous scenic overlook in Florence, offering sweeping views over the city’s rooftops. From this 19th-century square, the panorama stretches from the Ponte Vecchio to the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, across the  Duomo and bell tower, and to the Tuscan hills beyond.
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Florence Sunset Wine Tour

Experience the magic of a Tuscan sunset in Florence with a traditional Italian aperitivo on this 2-hour evening tour. Soak up the atmosphere of the Renaissance capital after dark as you follow your guide on a walking tour around the historic center and the districts of Oltrarno and San Frediano. Admire illuminated landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio, Santo Spirito church and the Duomo as you explore the city, and stop along the way to sip Chianti wine and nibble on delicious Tuscan ‘crostini’.
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Private Florence Sunset Walking Tour

Soak up the evening light in Florence during a private sunset walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. With its Renaissance treasures and beautiful architecture, Florence is always lovely but takes on an even more romantic glow as the sun goes down and famous attractions like Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio become illuminated.
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Florence Walking Tour with Wine Tasting at Sunset

Explore a different side of the Tuscan capital with this 2-hour sunset walking tour of Florence including wine. Wander through the artisan-lined streets of the Oltrarno. Pass some of the city's top city center sights. Sample two wines and some tasty snacks.
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Private Tour: 2 Hours Florence Walking Tour

Discover the rich artistic legacy and hidden gems of Florence on a private, 2.5-hour walking tour. Feel transported back in time wandering through well-preserved medieval streets and charming piazzas, while an art historian guide shares tales from the city’s illustrious past and points out details many visitors miss. See highlights of the historic city center including the Duomo, St John’s Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the artisan quarter of Oltrarno. 
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Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence

Explore the Renaissance capital of Florence in a fun way without getting worn out with this private 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride through the historic center and some of the surrounding hills.
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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Florence Private Renaissance History Tour

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Florence. With your dedicated guide, stroll through some of Florence's top highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Piazza dell Signoria. A private tour means the ability to travel at your own pace and ask plenty of questions.
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Private Tour: Electric Bike Experience of Florence

Explore the Renaissance charm of Florence the easy and eco-friendly way on a private, 2-hour electric bike tour. Cruise through winding medieval streets and squares on a battery-boosted e-bike, passing by highlights like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza Duomo, the San Lorenzo Market and the banks of the River Arno. Effortlessly scale the hills around the city to take in spectacular panoramic views from romantic Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos.
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Craftsmen Workshop Tour in Florence

Discover Florence’s thriving craft scene on a half-day insider’s tour of the places and people that are carrying on artistic traditions passed through the centuries. Visit the private workshops of local leather workers, goldsmiths, paper makers and more to watch these skilled artisans practicing their crafts. Learn about the traditional methods that have made Florentine goods highly sought after since the 13th century, and have a chance to purchase unique handmade items straight from the source.
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Family Tour of Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

Home to masterpieces by Italian artists including Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian, the 15th-century Pitti Palace ranks among Florence’s must-see attractions—but the hallways and galleries don’t always appeal to youngsters. On this family-friendly tour, explore the Pitti Palace in a fun and engaging way with your guide. With the art ticked off, let the kids blow off steam among the grottoes, oak trees, and statues in the open-air Boboli Gardens.
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Private Tour Around Local Handcrafts

Beyond fine art, Florence is known for its rich artisan heritage. Discover how local artisans are keeping this tradition alive on a private handcraft tour that gives new meaning to the phrase ‘Made in Italy.’ Depending on your interests, visit workshops specializing in leather, jewelry, paper, furniture, watches, and other Florentine goods that have been made by hand for centuries using time-honored methods.
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4-Hour Oltrarno District Food Walking Tour

Savor the tastes of Florence's Oltrarno district with this 4-hour food walking tour. Walk through a neighborhood with a Bohemian vibe, stopping at 9 places to sample locally-made food and wine, and learn how to make biscotti (Tuscan cookies).
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