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Come aboard this “Florentine Gondola” for a romantic and unique cruise on the Arno river! Enjoy a guided walk through the city center before boarding a historic boat and seeing the city from a new point of view.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
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  • Enjoy a romantic cruise along the Arno River aboard a vintage "Barchetto" boat
  • Take a guided walking tour through Florence to the historic "embarcadero"
  • Celebrate your Florentine evening with a cool glass of wine
  • Hear fascinating facts about Florence's history and culture from your local guide
Full description
See Florence from a whole new perspective, with a relaxing and leisurely cruise down the Arno River.

After meeting your guide at the local partner's office, take a walking tour through the historic city center, passing along the Piazza Signoria, and the Uffizi Gallery. See the Ponte Vecchio from the banks of the Arno as you make your way to the docks at the embarcadero.

Here you will get on board the “barchetto”, one of only four original traditional wooden boats left in Florence. A traditional rower will steer you through the water with a long, sweeping oar.

Your guide will tell you about the secrets and history of the Arno River as you cruise on its calm waters and admire the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed.

See the Uffizi and the charming Ponte Vecchio from the water, and hear stories of the mysterious Vasari Corridor. You will also have the chance to pass under the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Palazzo Corsini.

Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine onboard, to celebrate your romantic evening in Florence! See and experience a new side of this special city from the comfort of a traditional, gondola-style boat.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Mini-cruise on the Arno River
  • Glass of wine
  • English-speaking licensed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Local partner's office, Piazza Mentana 2red, Florence The office is located on the street level, opposite from the Arno River.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• To get on board the boat more easily, please don't wear flip-flops.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Very nice view from the Arno river!

It is very interesting see some icon places of Florence from the river. Our guide was knowledge and very kind . Some observations , in summer the wine must be cool and may be will nice if the boat go trough Michelangelo Piazza ! I loved , was something different to do!

July 10, 2019

Great experience down the river

The tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgable of the area and shared great information as we walked down to the river. While the boat tour itself is not very long (~45 minutes), it was adequate to explain lots of information about the bridges and historic locations near the river.

May 31, 2015

Perfect. Francesca knows very well the culture of Florence.

August 15, 2019

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Product ID: 11806