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Oltrarno Tours

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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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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Florence

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Cultural relaxed evening, highly recommended
Melissa S
, Dec 2019
Olio & Convivium is worth the upgrade to the dinner. Excellent service, food and accomodation. The concert was just around the corner and restaurant staff ensured we knew where to go and made it on-time. Talented opera singers entertained us for the evening. A different side of Florence, highly recommended for a cultural relaxed evening.
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Nice Night in a nice City
ValeriaP1194
, Sep 2019
Delicious dinner with a entertained comedy opera. The restaurant has a romantic atmosphere. The church was cozy and autentic old-time. I felt like the being in the good old days! The Viator booking rearranged our date since we where late for the booking day.
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Dinner and La Traviata
richardwS6233AG
, Jun 2019
Had a fantastic dinner at Osteria La Toscanella, set menu (I had pici, a thick, freshly made type of spaghetti that came with a few different sauces, mine had a duck ragu. Chicken cacciatore with potatoes (haven't had it that good since my Sicilian grandmother passed away) sparkling water, a nice glass of red wine and finished with tiramisu and espresso. All of it delicious. St. Mark's, the location of the opera was not even a five minute walk away. Intimate little setting, performed almost in the round with period costumes accompanied by a piano and a very funny gentleman who explains the story and setting. My seat was INCHES away from the performers (was even asked to assist with covering the furniture between acts, they really have fun with it). And the voices in this company were SPECTACULAR. Afterwards I stayed and watched as the cast had a hilarious Q&A with a group of English speaking students, what a great bunch of people these are, the highlight of my vacation in Florence....

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Florence Dinner with Concert or Opera: authentic Italian Evening ExperienceTheaters

Florence Dinner with Concert or Opera: authentic Italian Evening Experience

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Soak up Florentine food and culture during a traditional dinner and concert experience. Settle into a charming restaurant in Florence's Oltrarno district and feast on a Tuscan meal, with your choice of an à la carte menu including traditional dishes or a set menu served with Chianti wine. After satiating your taste buds, head to St Mark’s Anglican Church for an opera performance or concert, and enjoy a reserved front-row seat.
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Craftsmen Workshop Tour in FlorenceCultural Tours

Craftsmen Workshop Tour in Florence

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Discover Florence’s thriving craft scene on a half-day insider’s tour of the places and people that are carrying on artistic traditions passed through the centuries. Visit the private workshops of local leather workers, goldsmiths, paper makers and more to watch these skilled artisans practicing their crafts. Learn about the traditional methods that have made Florentine goods highly sought after since the 13th century, and have a chance to purchase unique handmade items straight from the source.
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltrarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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Florence Sunset Wine Tour

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Experience the magic of a Tuscan sunset in Florence with a traditional Italian aperitivo on this evening tour. Soak up the atmosphere of the Renaissance capital after dark as you follow your guide on a walking tour around the historic center and the districts of Oltrarno and San Frediano. Admire illuminated landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio, Santo Spirito church, and the Duomo as you explore the city, and stop along the way to sip Chianti wine and nibble on delicious Tuscan ‘crostini’.
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Off the beathen path Florence walking tour

With its iconic Renaissance masterpieces and stunning architecture, Florence is rightly one of the most-visited cities in Italy. But to avoid the crowds, seek out some of the city’s hidden gems with our tour. Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence. This is a quieter part of the tourist-heavy city. Tour the labyrinthine streets around Palazzo Pitti where you will find a wealth of tiny artisan shops, from shoemakers, goldsmiths, and leather bookbinders, to shops for ceramics and inlaid stones. If you are truly inspired, learn the craft of shoemaking as an apprentice at the Stefano Bemer shoe atelier. A short distance away from the impressive Piazza Pitti, you will visit some of the extraordinary workshops and admire local artisans at work in San Frediano district
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Electric Bike Experience around Florence - private tour

Explore the Renaissance charm of Florence the easy and eco-friendly way on an afternoon electric bike tour. Cruise through winding medieval streets and squares on a battery-boosted e-bike, passing by highlights like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza Duomo, the San Lorenzo Market and the banks of the River Arno. Effortlessly scale the hills around the city to take in panoramic views from romantic Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos.
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Private Tour: 2 Hours Florence Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: 2 Hours Florence Walking Tour

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Discover the rich artistic legacy and hidden gems of Florence on a private, 2.5-hour walking tour. Feel transported back in time wandering through well-preserved medieval streets and charming piazzas, while an art historian guide shares tales from the city’s illustrious past and points out details many visitors miss. See highlights of the historic city center including the Duomo, St John’s Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the artisan quarter of Oltrarno. 
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Florence at Sunset

Dedicated to those who prefer to experience the most suggestive atmosphere of Historic Florence. A two-hour walk in the afternoon is one of the best ways to start getting to know the city, savor the charm of its streets and discover the stories of the greatest characters in its history. A story that starts from the Roman origins of Florence up to the centuries-old history of the Medici family. Starting from the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the path will take you to the Cathedral, to the Church of Orsanmichele, to Piazza della Signoria to end on the Ponte Vecchio, from which you can walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo (a nineteenth-century terrace built on the hills) from which you can take panoramic photos of the city in one of its best moments, when the light of the sunset caresses its monuments, the river Arno and its bridges.
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Independent Rome Day Trip to Florence: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Hop on the train in Rome and enjoy an independent journey through the Italian countryside. Once you arrive in Florence your local host will be ready and waiting to show you all the highlights of their city. From the city’s political hub to the beautiful Ponte Vecchio bridge. Stroll through the lively old town and take in the charming architecture. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, Florence’s most popular landmark. Marvel at its beauty and if you are feeling active, climb to the top for a picture-perfect view of the city. Now it is time to discover some hidden medieval gems! Follow your new friend to some well-preserved historical buildings full of history. Plus visit a special tower that has survived a civil war, or two! Continue your interesting chat with your new friend over antipasto and wine! Discover where the Florentines have lunch and feel like one of them. Take in the local vibes and friendly atmosphere while you continue learning about Florence’s culture and history.
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Florence for beginners - best walking tour

Get the perfect introduction to Florence with this small-group walking tour around the historical streets and piazzas. Aimed at Florence beginners (aka first-time visitors) to the city, the tour showcases the must-see sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Enjoy guided commentary about Florence, and make the most of greater interaction with your guide in a small group of just eight people.
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Guided tour with a private laboratory experienceFull-day Tours

Guided tour with a private laboratory experience

During this tour you will walk for about 2 hours together with a professional specialized tour guide in the Oltrarno district in Florence, across Ponte Vecchio. This area is famous because of the presence of many craftmen's worshop. You will visit these workshop with the possibility to see how an artisan works and creates his products. Time for a lunch break choosing a typical trattoria or just getting a sandwich from the local bars or bakery. Afterwards, you will attend a laboratory of a very special kind of mosaic together with a florentine English speaking artist, who will share her experience with you and teach you how to make a mosaic. You will create your own art work and you will take it with you as a very special souvenir of your holiday. After the laboratory a private driver will pick you up and drive you back at the hotel/apartments.
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Private Florence Wine Tour

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Drink in the most picturesque sights in Florence while sipping authentic Chianti on this private wine tour through the cradle of the Renaissance. Learn about the city’s long and artistic history from an expert guide as you walk past famous landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace, plus the uncrowded districts of Oltarno, Santo Spirito, and San Frediano. Enhance the journey with stops at several wine bars and cellars to taste Tuscan wines along with typical Italian snacks.
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Best of Florence: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

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If you’re visiting Florence for the first time, opt for a personalised experience of the Tuscan city on a private 1- or 2-day tour that allows you to customize your itinerary according to your interests. You can choose between getting skip-the-line entry to the Academia Gallery; ascending to the top of Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori); taking a boat along the River Arno; and many more activities. Plus, a guide takes care of reservations and tickets so that you don’t have to. 
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Cycling in Florence: a different way to explore the town

Discover the top sights of Florence by bike on a 2.5-hour cycling tour of the UNESCO listed city center and more. Set at a leisurely pace, the tour is ideal for visitors of all ages. Enjoy frequent stops to take photos and learn about your surroundings.  The well-rounded tour also includes a bottle of water to keep you hydrated and a complimentary gelato.
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Street Art Tour in FlorenceHalf-day Tours

Street Art Tour in Florence

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Tastes of Florence Food & Wine TourWine Tastings

Tastes of Florence Food & Wine Tour

You can eat your way through Florence's city center on this most extensive walking food and wine tour in the city!
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Florence Evening Stroll with Wine TastingCultural Tours

Florence Evening Stroll with Wine Tasting

Make time to slow down and take a stroll as the sun sets on the charming streets of Florence. Learn about the history and architecture of this UNESCO city in the company of a local expert. Discover the legacy of the Renaissance geniuses who lived in Florence. Culminate your tour with wine tasting in the Oltrarno neighborhood at the time of traditional aperitivo. Relax and take in the beauty of Florence at its most glorious time Familiarize with different types of Tuscan wines Join intimate small groups of maximum 12 people or less
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Florence: Evening Stroll and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Make time to slow down and take a stroll as the sun sets on the charming streets of Florence. In the company of a local expert, you will learn about the history and architecture of this UNESCO city and discover the legacy of the Renaissance geniuses who lived here. Your winding down will culminate with a wine tasting in the Oltrarno neighborhood at the time of the traditional aperitivo. Relax and take in the beauty of Florence at its most glorious time Explore this fascinating UNESCO city in the company of a local expert Familiarize with different types of Tuscan wines
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Cooking Masterclass & Food Walking Tour

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Tuscany is renowned for its cuisine, but to really understand Italian food, you need to do more than just eat it. This immersive tour offers the chance to sample Tuscan delicacies at Florence’s historic bottegas, shop for local ingredients, and learn to make traditional dishes such as gnocchi, cannelloni, and risotto during an expert-led cooking class; and tuck into a delicious homemade lunch.
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Private Tour Around Local Handcrafts

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Explore the Renaissance capital of Florence in a fun way without getting worn out with this private electric bike tour. Ride through the historic center and some of the surrounding hills.
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Art and Culture in Florence with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Thousands of art lovers from all over the globe visit Florence each year, either participating in one or more of the numerous cultural events or simply enjoying the buzzing community and the city ambience. Whether you are visiting Florence as a returning tourist who wants to get to know the city a bit better or it is your first time, this Experience is for you! While walking the narrow streets of the old town and looking at amazing street art or getting to know more about the city’s galleries and museums, you will hear about artists like Dante Alighieri, Botticelli, CLET, Blub and their connection to Florence. I will share with you the most significant cultural and historical insights and details of the colourful and multi-faced Florence while we deep dive into the world of art and culture of my city and country. Did you know that Florence also has impressive street art? Our Experience will show you some of the best examples!
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Oltrarno tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Oltrarno can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 35 Oltrarno tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Oltrarno 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Oltrarno costs USD 77.53. Guided Oltrarno tours start around USD 77.53 per person. See all 35 Oltrarno tickets and tours on Viator.
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