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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 4 originals still operating in Florence. Savor this unique experience with a glass of chilled Tuscan rosé or white wine, while passing beautiful Florence attractions like the Corsini Palace and the Santa Trinita Bridge.

Description:
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 chilled Tuscan rosé or white wine, 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.

Highlights:
  • Free drinks included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Location: Florence, Italy

Duration: 75 minutes

Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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Additional Information


    Operates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

    Departure Point:
    FLORENCETOWN TOURS & NEWS STAND, located in Piazza della Repubblica
    (Florencetown kiosk, under the arches of Piazza della Repubblica, on the left of the APPLE STORE, corner with Via Pellicceria)

    Departure Time: 5pm, 6pm and (VIP option) 7pm Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour departure

    Return Details:
    Returns to original departure point

  • Inclusions:
    • Licensed English-speaking professional guide
    • 50-minute Arno River boat ride
    • One glass of chilled Tuscan rosé or white wine per person
    • Tour booklet (on 7pm VIP departure)

  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • RAIN POLICY: 
      The tour departure might be cancelled due to rain.
      We will do our best to proceed with the tour. However rain or adverse weather conditions could prevent us from being able to offer an enjoyable and fully safe experience.
      In case we cancel the tour (and only in this case), guest options are:
      1) Rain check to be used the following day or at any other time, subject to availability. The Rain check is a voucher given to client. The voucher is transferable and may be sold or given to others to use at a future date and lasts up to 1 year from date. It has a value that can be possible used in any other tour provided by our company.
      2) 100% refund for tour cancellation.
      Please note that clients' safety and comfort are of utmost priority.
      In any case, clients should show up at the meeting point at the scheduled time, or contact the office in advance.
      No-shows will not be refunded.


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