Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group boat ride, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.
- Free drinks included
- Get inside tips from a local
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
At the embarkation point, hop aboard your boat, one of Florence’s rare original barchettos, and head down the Arno on a one-hour cruise. Meaning 'little boat' in Italian, the barchetto is a wooden gondola-style boat that was originally used (centuries ago) to carry building materials for Florence's city walls down the river.
While your guide unveils the secrets of the beautiful palaces that frame the riverside, your barcaiolo, a true Florentine boat-handler, will expertly guide your barchetto with a long wooden oar.
Relaxing with a glass of Prosecco, you'll glide past the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art museums in Italy, before sailing under the unique Ponte Vecchio. As you cruise, your guide will talk about the mysterious Vasari Corridor, the enclosed passageway that lines the Ponte Vecchio, and will explain the town's history. You will also see countless other Florence attractions during your cruise, such as the Santa Trinita Bridge and Corsini Palace with its stunning Baroque architecture.
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5pm River Cruise Departure
Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto departing at 5pm
6pm River Cruise Departure
Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto departing at 6pm
7pm River Cruise Departure
Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto departing at 7pm
Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto
- 1-hour Arno River boat ride
- One glass of Prosecco wine per person
- Tour booklet
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Gina G, 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.
Reviewed by: Linda K, August 2016
This was very enjoyable and a nice vantage point to see things from different perspective. Guide was great.