• Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
From USD $43.17

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Cruise along the Arno River and under the incredible Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge, on a barchetto, a small traditional boat! Florence’s answer to the Venetian gondola, your barchetto is one of only four originals still operating in Florence. Savor this unique experience with a glass of chilled Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) while passing beautiful Florence attractions like the Corsini Palace and the Santa Trinita Bridge.

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
As you make your way from your central Florence meeting point to the riverside, your local historian guide will introduce you to the many charms of the city! Walk through the distinctive Piazza Signoria, often considered the political hub of Florence, and pass the Uffizi Gallery before seeing the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge that stretches across the Arno.

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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Florence
75 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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5pm River Cruise Departure
Code: EN1700

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto departing at 5pm

USD $43.17
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6pm River Cruise Departure
Code: EN1800

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto departing at 6pm

USD $43.17
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Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

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
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: dangia, 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!

Reviewed by: Angela E, October 2016

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