Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Florence

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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.
Come aboard this “Florentine Gondola” for a romantic and unique cruise and "Aperitivo" on the Arno river!See Florence from a total different perspective. A leisurely cruise down the River Arno is a great way to see Florence.After you meet the guide you will enjoy a nice short walk through Piazza Signoria and under the Uffizi Gallery, seeing the Pontevecchio (old bridge) from the bank, all the way through to the “embarcadero”.You will then get on board the “barchetto”, the Florentine Gondola, one of the only 4 original traditional wooden boats left in Florence, conducted by a “barcaiolo”, a true florentine tradition holder that will guide the boat with his long-reaching pole. No noisy engines, only the charm of tradition and the voice of your expert guide to unveil the secrets of the Arno river as you stroll on its calm waters and discover its history and the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed.You will pass in front of the Uffizi gallery, the beautiful caretaker of many artistic historical treasures, pass under the unique Pontevecchio bridge and you will find out more about the mysterious Vasari Corridor. You will also have the chance to discover the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Palazzo Corsini.You will then enjoy a refreshing “aperitivo” with a glass of cool wine, to celebrate on board your romantic stay in Florence!The commentary is informative but very entertaining and may include a few colourful local stories. The tour is safe and very enjoyable.See and experience the splendour of this special city from the relaxed comfort of an old, gondola style, traditional boat.

What’s included

  • Guided short walk of the city center to the embarcadero
  • Mini Cruise on the Arno River aboard a Florentine Gondola (approx. 50 min)
  • Cool Wine "aperitivo"
  • English speaking fully licensed History guide
  • Only in English for the highest quality

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food

Highlights

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