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Arno River
Stretching 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Mount Falterona to the Ligurian Sea, the Arno River is Tuscany’s largest body of water. While the Arno runs through Casentino and Pisa, it is most often visited in Florence, where it divides the city in two. Florence’s bridges—including the iconic Ponte Vecchio—are renowned for their River Arno views.

The Basics
As Florence’s bisecting waterway and one of its main attractions, the Arno is seen on most walking tours, which also typically include the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Croce Church, and Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. While walking tours are the best way to get a close look at the Arno, golf cart, Vespa, and vintage car tours typically include a drive along the river’s banks and provide a quicker way to see all that Florence has to offer. All that said, you can’t get closer to the Arno than through water-based activities, from paddleboarding to barchetto tours, which provide views of Florence from a perspective that many visitors often miss.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A visit to the banks of the Arno is a must for first-time visitors to Florence, especially photographers of all skill levels.
  • Remember to bundle up if visiting during December and January, when windy conditions along the river may cause temperature drops.
  • Don’t forget comfortable shoes, as the best way to explore Florence is on foot.
  • Download the Firenze Turismo app to access maps, cultural event calendars, and tourist information.

How to Get There
The Arno runs through two of Italy’s top destinations—Florence and Pisa—both of which are easily accessible using public transit. The centrally located Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station in Florence and Centrale station in Pisa are the terminuses for most direct buses and trains. If traveling by car to Florence, take Autoroute E35 to Highway SS67; to Pisa, take Autoroute E80 or Superstrada Firenze-Pisa-Livorno.

When to Get There
The Ponte Vecchio, one of the river’s main attractions in Florence, can get congested on weekday and weekend afternoons. For a quieter visit, go in the morning just as the vendors begin to set up shop. Annual highlights in the city of Pisa include Luminara di Santa Ranieri in June, when thousands of twinkling lights float down the river to celebrate the patron saint of Pisa, as well as the Pisa Regatta, where participants race against the Arno’s current.

Where to Find the Best Views of the Arno
While there are no bad views of the Arno, the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita offer the best close-range views of the Arno’s current. For panoramic views of Florence and the river at sunset, climb to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo around 5pm. Easy Living Beach, on the south bank of the Arno, is a popular summer haunt, while the Uffizi Gallery offers glimpses of the river through gallery windows above. 
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Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Private TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Private Tour

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Visit the most popular museum in Florence without waiting in line for a ticket. This 2.5-hour private walking tour includes admission to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David statue and other works of art. Then stroll the city with your guide and learn more about its Italian Renaissance history. You’ll visit public squares and view landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio and Duomo.
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf CartEco Tours

Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

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Zip around Tuscany's capital city, touring Florence aboard a convinent and eco-friendly electric gold cart. Explore the historic center of this 'cradle of Renaissance,' learning its many monumental sights and attractions through recorded commentary as you go. See such landmarks as the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the open-air Porcellino Market and lovely Ponte alle Grazie, a bridge destroyed during WWII and later reconstructed. Take in the surrounding scenery while your driver navigates the roads. You'll also have an opportunity to visit Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Italy's largest library.
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Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Private TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Private Tour

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Florence is home to some of the world’s most important monuments and museums, but the entry queues can be long. Ideal for visitors short on time, this combo tour includes admission fees plus skip-the-line entry to Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery. Follow your guide on a walking tour, discover medieval artworks and priceless statues including David by Michelangelo, and see the best of Florence in one day.
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  • 300 to 330 minutes
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Florence City Tour: Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Uffizi Gallery Skip the LineCultural Tours

Florence City Tour: Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Uffizi Gallery Skip the Line

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Meet your guide to embark on a sightseeing tour of Florence. Visit the Convent of San Domenico, Basilica di Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria, and enjoy panoramic views from Fiesole Hill. Then it’s time to tour the renowned Uffizi Gallery—with skip-the-line access and a guide—where you can view works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists.
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Small Group Tuscany Day Trip From Florence with Chianti, Siena and San GimignanoDay Trips

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

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When visiting Florence, don’t miss a day trip to the scenic, gourmet paradise of the Tuscan countryside. On this small-group tour, visit the remarkably well-preserved medieval town of Siena, home to a magnificent cathedral and the famous Palio horse race. Indulge your taste buds with a seasonal lunch and wine tastings at a family-run farm in the Chianti region, and wander the storybook streets of the UNESCO-listed village San Gimignano. Group size is limited to 14 for a more personalized experience.
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Tuscan Country Sunset or Morning by Bike & Farm visit. From Fiesole to FlorenceBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Tuscan Country Sunset or Morning by Bike & Farm visit. From Fiesole to Florence

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Ride a bike around Fiesole and Florence during the sunset on this 3-hour guided activity. Begin your trip with a quick snack of bread and local olive oil before pedaling past olive trees, neo-Gothic castles and splendid villas. Ride around Montececeri, known for being the location of Leonardo da Vinci’s first flight attempt, and get views of the valley or Arno and the Tuscan countryside. Learn about the area through your local cycling guide's commentary during this relaxed route.
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Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxHistorical & Heritage Tours

Florence City Tour, Skip-the-line David & Uffizi Gallery - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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See the best of Florence’s art and architecture in one day on this combo tour that includes tickets to both of the city’s top museums. See Michelangelo’s famous ‘David' statue and other masterworks at the Accademia Gallery, and skip the long lines to admire paintings by Botticelli, Titian, and others at the world-renowned Uffizi. You’ll also learn the remarkable history of landmarks like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge, all in a semi-private group limited to just seven people.
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Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxHistorical & Heritage Tours

Skip-the-line Florence City Tour with Accademia & David - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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UNESCO–listed Florence boasts some of the world’s most impressive architecture—but the city’s aesthetic beauty is only half the story. On this walking tour, explore Florence and gain insight into a history dating back to the Middle Ages. Admire top attractions including the Academia and Michelangelo’s David with admission fees included, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to seven people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Rafting on the Arno River: your unusual and thrilling Florence VisitPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Rafting on the Arno River: your unusual and thrilling Florence Visit

A fun and ecological way to admire Florence city center, from a different point of view, directly from the raft!
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Private Tour: Overview of Florence Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Overview of Florence Walking Tour

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Get a personalized introduction to Florence’s rich history and Renaissance treasures on a private, 3-hour walking tour. See the medieval city’s most iconic historic buildings, including the magnificent Duomo and Bell Tower, Ufizzi Gallery and Pitti Palace, and stroll among the outdoor sculpture gallery of Piazza della Signoria. Admire the handiwork of goldsmiths on romantic Ponte Vecchio, and explore the traditional artisan quarters of Oltrano while gaining insight into local arts and culture.
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Late afternoon tour of FlorenceCultural Tours

Late afternoon tour of Florence

Drawing visitors from across the world, UNESCO–listed Florence ranks among Italy’s most popular must-see cities—but the crowds can make exploring a challenge. During this tour, stroll through the streets and squares of Florence in the early-evening calm with your guide. As dusk slowly descends over the city, discover top sites of interest including 13th-century Florence Cathedral alongside lesser-known gems such as Santa Felicità church.
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Secret Wine Tastings FlorenceWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Secret Wine Tastings Florence

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Producing a Tuscan wine is an art, and an important element of our culture, dating back more than 2,500 years. Recognized worldwide as being the best Italian wines, you taste our heritage with each sip. On our tour, you'll discover how every factor — from the soil and altitude to position relative to the sun — affects the characteristics and quality of the wines. Our expert guides will take you back in time, teaching you about Tuscany's rich wine heritage as you walk along Florence's historical city wine route.
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Vespa Night Tour in FlorenceCity Tours

Vespa Night Tour in Florence

Follow the guide in the tour that will take you to Fiesole, on a scenic height above Florence which is generally considered to be the wealthiest and most affluent suburb of Florence.While you enjoy the scenery you can have your free time to taste cheese, ham and local wine right next to the most beautiful panoramic square, Piazzale Michelangelo. After a few stops to take pictures we will return to Florence, passing by the most spectacular route back to the city. We will also pass by the Arno river riding the Vespa, to become you an attraction in Florence!
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Florence Sunset Boat CruiseDay Cruises

Florence Sunset Boat Cruise

Enjoy Florence from a different point o view, have a cruise along the Arno river on its historic boat, the barchetto - a Florentine Gondola, see unique view of Florence bridges like the Ponte Vecchio and Santa trinita bridge. Listen to fun stories about Florence and its river.
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in FlorencePhotography Tours

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Florence

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Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Florence and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Florence, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in FlorencePhotography Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Florence

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Florence and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Florence, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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Florence Small Group Walking TourWalking Tours

Florence Small Group Walking Tour

See the highlights of the Renaissance capital with this 3-hour small-group walking tour of Florence. Go back in time to when the powerful Medici ruled the Florentine Republic. Visit busy piazzas, stately churches, and historic bridges.
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Private Florence For Foodies: Day Trip From RomeCultural Tours

Private Florence For Foodies: Day Trip From Rome

Don’t miss the chance to visit another must-see Italian city while you are in Rome. Florence is just a 1.5-hour train ride away and it is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, but it is also famous for its food. Experience Florence’s culinary scene for yourself with a local foodie to help you pick out the tastiest bites.Discover the Tuscan capital with a tasty twist on this private tour with a local foodie. From the must-see Duomo to delicious Italian food and wine, you'll see and taste the city's best on this private day trip tour.Visit Florence’s must-see Duomo and the stunning Old Bridge. Then explore a vibrant local market. With fresh produce and typically-Tuscan almond biscuits, this place is foodie paradise! Have a glass of Chianti wine, a plate of Tuscan specialties such as raw ham, salami, fried polenta and salami. Have as dessert a creamy gelato.This and some more in this private day trip with a local guide only for you and your family.
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Small group walking Tour of FlorenceCity Tours

Small group walking Tour of Florence

Discover Florence best renaissance locations with a small group of people and a friendly professional English speaking guide! In just 3 hours you will walk through the very city center of Florence, along with historical places that were ruled many centuries ago by Medici Family, who gave magnificence and order to the city. Among the many beautiful places, you will admire Repubblica Square, Signoria Square, and the Duomo.Don't hesitate to take this tour to spend an amazing day in Florence!
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Florence by Night with book author and PhDHistorical & Heritage Tours

Florence by Night with book author and PhD

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Dive into the history and art of Florence after most tourist crowds are gone. Situate the famous monuments in history, learn about the rise and fall of the Florentine republic, the rivalry between Michelangelo and Leonardo, the notorious Medici clan, the best places to eat and shop, local customs of past and present. Hear a juicy account of a Medieval lawsuit and review gossip from the Renaissance. We discover details only visible at night, hidden gems to return to the following morning, and the best gelato in town!IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS OR ANOTHER WALKING/MUSEUM TOUR ON A DATE OR TIME DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE LISTED PLEASE CONTACT ME.
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Special Wine and Snack Tour in FlorenceDining Experiences

Special Wine and Snack Tour in Florence

Your exploration journey will be ended with Experiencing the beauty of Arno while relaxing yourselves at one of the most beautiful views from the Golden bridge.
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Full Day Tour of San Gimignano in Classic Spider from Florence in full day (6 hours)Full-day Tours

Full Day Tour of San Gimignano in Classic Spider from Florence in full day (6 hours)

Discover the best of Tuscany from a Classic Spider in self drive. Typical lunch includedOur staff will escort you during the selected itinerary and look after  the car during the scheduled breaks. Typical light lunch includedSpider ( max 2 pax)
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Traditional Italian Cooking Class in the Florence Countryside with FabioCooking Classes

Traditional Italian Cooking Class in the Florence Countryside with Fabio

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Rather than sharing your chef with a group, opt for a private cooking class that ensures you receive undivided attention. During this hands-on cultural experience in the countryside of Florence, you’ll make fresh pasta, sauce, and dessert, and benefit from the insider knowledge of a local that’s passionate about Tuscan food.
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  • 4 hours
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Vespa Tour in Florence City Center4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Vespa Tour in Florence City Center

Follow the guide in the tour that will take you to Fiesole, on a scenic height above Florence which is generally considered to be the wealthiest and most affluent suburb of Florence.While you enjoy the scenery you can have your free time to taste cheese, ham and local wine right next to the most beautiful panoramic square, Piazzale Michelangelo. After a few stops to take pictures we will return to Florence, passing by the most spectacular route back to the city. We will also pass by the Arno river riding the Vespa, to become you an attraction in Florence!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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