• Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
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Glide under the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge and across the Arno River on a 1-hour Florence river cruise. Hop aboard your barchetto, a small traditional boat that is one of only four still operating in the city. As you see the sights like the famous Uffizi Gallery from the water, toast your fellow mates with a glass of Prosecco.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Your tour will begin in central Florence, where you’ll meet up with your guide. Travel through the bustling Piazza della Signoria, home to the impressive Palazzo Vecchio, and see the Uffizi Gallery before approaching the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s historic bridge.

Hop aboard your boat and enjoy a 1-hour cruise down the scenic Arno River. Translating to ‘little boat’ in Italian, the barchetto was used centuries ago to transport building materials down the river for Florence’s city walls.

As you journey across the water, learn the stories behind the architecture and grand palaces that you pass. Cruise under the Ponte Vecchio and get a riverside view of the Uffizi Gallery. While your guide pours you a chilled glass of Prosecco, hear about the secret passageway of the Vasari Corridor, connecting the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti so that members of the Medici family could travel stealthily through the city. You’ll also pass the brilliant Baroque design of the Corsini Palace and the Santa Trinita Bridge.

After your Florence river cruise concludes, you will return to your original departure point.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We saw Florence from the Arno with some explanations of the city, river and bridges. A very nice way to quietly see some of the sights.

Therese Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Florence from a small open boat is beautiful and the guide was really knowledgeable, completely recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great trip, the tour guide was very informative. I would recommend this trip you get some great views in the hours trip

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Really enjoyed our river cruise our guide was very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Florence and made the trip very interesting. We enjoyed the wine as we cruised down the Arno, we would recommend this trip to others.

Craig O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Brilliant excursion really good guides, the boat trip was times perfectly for a beautiful sunset. A really rewarding experience at the end of a brilliant day.

Jennifer E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We landed in Florence, dropped off our bags and did this the first thing. It was relaxing, informative and a great way to see this beautiful city. Definitely a great way to enter beautiful Florence. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared interesting information with us not only on the boat but on our walk down to the Arno. We sailed towards the Ponte Vecchio, under it and back, the lighting was perfect, sun was about to set...Totally beautiful for photographs. We were offered wine to top off this perfect moment. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

David-Seth K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great guide, saw some wonderful sites and the wine was delicious. Worth it all around.

Michele M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Francesca was a great guide. Very personable, and informative and funny. She gave great insight. This was a nice tour to do as it was an hour long and you got to sit in a boat and drift down the Arno river sipping your aperativo to get a different perspective of the Ponte Vecchio and Oltrarno disctrict. Yo actually got to drift under the Ponte Vecchio and saw its architectural details. Very cool!! I took this tour in June, so I recommend the later times offered to catch the sunset.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Worth it!

Emmanuel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Caterina was amazing! The view from the river was amazing! The wine was amazing! Lots of fun! Definitely worth it! Florence stole a part of my heart!

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