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Oltrarno
The historic and happening Oltrarno, which sits on the opposite side of the Arno River from the Duomo, the Uffizi, and the Accademia, is one of Florence’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Home to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, the quarter is also known for its artisan workshops, restaurants and wine bars, and nightlife. 

The Basics
In addition to the Medici’s magnificent Palazzo Pitti, there are a number of other important sights in the Oltrarno, including Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the church of Santa Maria del Carmine (home to the Brancacci Chapel, frescoed by Filippino Lippi). One of the most memorable views in Florence is from Piazzale Michelangelo, a scenic square set in the hills above this bustling neighborhood, where crowds gather each evening to watch the sunset.

The best way to enjoy both the culture and cuisine of the Oltrarno is by joining a walking tour that explores its attractions and culinary scene. Many tours of the Oltrarno include highlights paired with food or wine tastings, often scheduled for sunset to enjoy the view over Florence. Another interesting option is a private tour that visits the neighborhood’s artisans and workshops, where you can learn about the local handicrafts firsthand. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours of the Oltrarno are mostly outdoors, so be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat in summer.
  • You will be doing a considerable amount of walking to explore the neighborhood, so choose comfortable footwear.
  • Churches require modest attire that covers knees and shoulders.
  • Some churches and monuments in the Oltrarno are not accessible to wheelchairs, and much of the historic center is paved with cobblestones.
 
How to Get There
The Oltrarno is located just across the Arno River from the Uffizi Gallery; to reach this historic neighborhood, simply walk across the famous Ponte Vecchio.

When to Get There
Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and even the quiet Oltrarno can be crowded in the high-season summer months. Plan your tour for the spring or fall, when the weather is mild but the streets are less overrun.
 
Piazzale Michelangelo: The Best View in Florence
Piazzale Michelangelo, set on a hillside in the Oltrarno, is the most famous scenic overlook in Florence, offering sweeping views over the city’s rooftops. From this 19th-century square, the panorama stretches from the Ponte Vecchio to the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, across the  Duomo and bell tower, and to the Tuscan hills beyond.
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Sunset Walking Tour

Sunset Walking Tour

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Florence is one of the most crowded touristic cities, but only in some specific areas. With your pocket guide you risk to spend your day in masses of people, probably loosing the best what the city has to offer. Participating at this tour will give you an opportunity to see Florence with the eyes of the insider. We will give you many useful tips about local life, food and drinks. Don’t loose your chance to follow the unbeaten tracks that remain secret to the most. Our walking tour of Florence starts in the middle of piazza S.Maria Novella; the tour will be guided in english and spanish. Our guides are all licensed!
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Private Photographic Experience in Florence

Private Photographic Experience in Florence

Ours is a unique experience of its kind. We offer you a photo shoot, a reportage of your visit in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, lasting 2 hours, where we will accompany you to the most beautiful places in the city, we will let you discover unknown but equally unmissable glimpses. During our meeting we will be happy to offer you a typically Italian breakfast if the tour takes place in the morning or an aperitif if it takes place in the afternoon. The following day the files of your photos will be ready and we will deliver them to you on an elegant USB stick at your hotel or elsewhere if you prefer.
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  • 2 hours
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and Michelangelo’s David

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and Michelangelo’s David

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Skip the long lines with reserved tickets to see Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze. Embark on a 1-hour tour led by an art historian with a small group of just 15 other travelers. Entrance ticket not included.
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  • 3 hours
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Meet the artisans - Arts & Crafts Private Walking Tour

Meet the artisans - Arts & Crafts Private Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the arts and crafts of Florence with this half-day, art-focused tour. With a guide in the lead, you'll stop by artisan workshops you may not otherwise find on your own. Make your way around the Oltrarno neighborhood with insightful guided commentary teaching you about the area's culture and history. You'll also stop by the historic Medici residence, Pitti Palace.
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Master Craftsman shops and Michelangelo experience, small group tour

Master Craftsman shops and Michelangelo experience, small group tour

Walking Tour in the Oltrarno to discover the artisans' workshops and Michelangelo's Crucifix in Santo Spirito. Please note that this tour will start with a minimum of 2 participants. An irresistible tour that you won’t want to miss, where you will meet with people who still embody the true Florentine character between fantasy and genius, intuition and originality. The tour begins in the spectacular Piazza Pitti, from which you will be able to assist at the creation of the famous marbled Florentine paper of a long-standing tradition that is used in a vast variety of designs and colors. Afterwards we will proceed to a unique Florentine mosaic workshop and learn about this technique. Our exploration leads us then to the charming and picturesque Piazza Santo Spirito. We will enter the beautiful Church of Santo Spirito where we will admire a crucifix, carved by Michelangelo. After fully enjoying this masterpiece, we will top this experience with a final stop at a workshop of a craftsman.
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Florence Street Art & Food

Florence Street Art & Food

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See Florence off-the-beaten-path and discover the New Florentine Renaissance: the Street Art that you see in the streets, on the walls and the signs around the city center. This is not the classic Florence walking tour: come with us to the Oltrarno, on the other side of the Arno river, and experience the real Firenze, its street food, wine windows and street art. We will mix art with food which, when in Florence, are always a perfect match, and learn about the Oltrarno and its artists. The Street Art & Food tour will last about 3 hours and, after 5 food stops, we are sure you will be satisfied.
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  • 3 hours
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Explore Florence on a Private Walking Tour

Explore Florence on a Private Walking Tour

Experience Florence like a local with the company of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guide Enjoy the privileges of a private tour to see Piazza, Palazzo, and Mercato all put together! Join this 2-hour walking tour in Florence - Never get in a museum again! Walk the streets and learn about the perfect food, friendly people, lovely weather and the stunning art Uncover a deeper understanding of the history, wealth, and spirit of Florence. Immerse yourself in the very atmosphere, history, and culture of this glorious Italian city on our exceptional Florence for beginners - best walking tour.
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