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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

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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

Delphyne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I absolutely loved this tour!! I had Prosecco and took this in the evening which was wonderful! The man operating the Barchetto was amazing as he offered more information and gave us some tips for local things near our hotel. Please use him more often!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was so nice and fun thanks to our guide. Had champagne and learned things as we went down the river. So relaxing and interesting, loved it!!!!

Laurette R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour.

T D l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent and our Tour Guide was so passionate!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Would highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Barbara, was informative and entertaining. There were so many people we needed to tie 2 boats together, but that did not detract from the enjoyment. Sunset and a glass of Prosecco was a lovely end to a day on Florence.

Pirkko V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good experience

Elena B. Israel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is one of the most memorable cruises, I've heard so many interesting things about Florence in one hour, as I did not hear the previous full day excursions
Thank you so much

Mary C. M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One of my favorite memories of Florence! It was absolutely delightful to slip gently down the Arno River early in the evening, being poled along by our boatman in traditional fashion. We even cooled our feet in the water as our personable guide explained the sights we viewed as we glided under the Ponte Vecchio and other bridges on a lovely evening. Out guide popped the cork of our bottle of Prosecco as we approached a bridge, delighting a group of teenagers on the bridge who caught our cork and cheered. What fun! I'd definitely take this short cruise again if I return to Florence.

Abby B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a fabulous trip down the Arno River. Our tour guide was the best and made our ride so enjoyable. We started off by meeting at a certain area and than walked to the river. We had 2 boats full. The sun was going down and made for a picture perfect trip floating down and back up the river. Drinking champagne and enjoying the scenery was the way to go!!!!

Randall C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Reasonably priced, walk to river was okay but river tour wS exceptional.

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