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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful boat tour! Totally recommend it if you want to see Florence from a different perspective and I'd suggest to do in the night when you can admire Ponte Vecchio and all other sites illuminated. Nice glass of prosecco on the way back too!

Angela E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Sibille was our tour and was a delight. She was extremely patient and informative. I would recommend anyone do this tour!

Gina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great introduction to Florence! Met Elisa, our guide, outside the Florencetown tour company office which was easy enough to find. There were only 8 of us and we left for the Arno just a minute or two late. We did have to walk through Florence fairly fast. Once we got to the Barchetto, it was smooth sailing! Elisa was very friendly and knowledgeable. Since our cruise was at 7pm, it was almost sunset so it was quite scenic and the 45 minute ride was just super relaxing and lovely. The small glass of prosecco was a nice touch.

Linda K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was very enjoyable and a nice vantage point to see things from different perspective. Guide was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The highlight of our Florence visit.

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.

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