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Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

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Firenze, Italy

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Glide under the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge and across the Arno River on a Florence river cruise. Hop aboard your barchetto—a small traditional boat that is one of only four still operating in the city. As you see the sights like the famous Uffizi Gallery from the water, toast your fellow mates with a glass of Prosecco.
  • Florence boat ride aboard a traditional barchetto
  • Cruise down the Arno River and pass under the Ponte Vecchio
  • Enjoy a glass of Prosecco while gliding down the river
  • Pass beautiful Florence attractions like the Uffizi Gallery and the Corsini Palace
Your tour begins in central Florence, where you meet up with your guide. Travel through the bustling Piazza della Signoria, home to the impressive Palazzo Vecchio, and see the Uffizi Gallery before approaching the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s historic bridge.

Hop aboard your boat and enjoy a cruise down the scenic Arno River. Translating to ‘little boat’ in Italian, the barchetto was used centuries ago to transport building materials down the river for Florence’s city walls.

As you journey across the water, learn the stories behind the architecture and grand palaces that you pass. Cruise under the Ponte Vecchio and get a riverside view of the Uffizi Gallery. While your guide pours you a chilled glass of Prosecco, hear about the secret passageway of the Vasari Corridor, connecting the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti so that members of the Medici family could travel stealthily through the city. You also pass the brilliant Baroque design of the Corsini Palace and the Santa Trinita Bridge.

After your Florence river cruise concludes, return to your original departure point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
FlorenceTown
meeting point
Pass By:  
Piazza della Signoria
they pass through these location and learn its history walking to the embarcadero
Pass By:  
Ponte Vecchio
the see the ponte vecchio from below cruising
Pass By:  
Corridoio Vasariano
the see the corridoio vasariano from below cruising
Pass By:  
Palazzo Corsini
they see palazzo corsini from the arno cruising
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The weather was great and the views were worth it." See review
  • "The boat is pushed by a a man with a pole, so the distance covered is not far, but the tour guide is knowledgeable and the wine is lovely." See review
  • "Nonetheless, a ride on the Arno River is another memorable way to see the historic city of Florence, enjoyed with a glass of wine on board!" See review

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Florence by boat
lucjar07
, Oct 2019
A wonderful way to see the Ponte Vecchio! Highly recommend! We took the 6:00pm tour and our sunset was beautiful. Great for family or couples.
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Relaxing boat ride along the Arno at sunset with great views of Florence
Road829960
, Sep 2019
Our excellent guide Frederica made us feel at home as she led us from the center of Florence to the small boat dock on the Arno where we boarded Florence's version of a gondola, a 'barchetta,' which is pulled along the river by a boatman using a long wooden pole. We learned some history of Florence and its bridges, got some great photos, had a refreshing glass of rose wine made at a local Tuscan winery, and had a chance to get away from the throngs that clog the busy streets of Florence.
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A lovely evening boat ride!
juliebQ166ZH
, Aug 2019
A lovely traditional boat ride down the Arno river which was informative and relaxing in the evening sun. Everyone was lovely and friendly and we had a lovely glass of wine too!
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Lovely evening on the river with a glass of wine
Jet07497758667
, Jun 2019
The boat is pushed by a a man with a pole, so the distance covered is not far, but the tour guide is knowledgeable and the wine is lovely. The tour starts with a 10 minute walk through old Florence and down to the river, with the tour guide sharing information and answering questions. Then follows the boat ride, with more information about buildings on both sides of the river, while sipping wine (there is water and orange juice for non-drinkers).
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The river was beautiful and we did...
norbecks
, Jul 2018
The river was beautiful and we did learn some history about the Barchettos. Our guide Mario was fun, but didn't give us any information at all about the sites as we walked from the meeting site to the River other reviews said this was a great part of this tour. He also had to ask the Italian speaking only rower to give us information about the river and sites along the river. We went in July at the last tour of the day, but did not get to see the sunset as it sets so late in July. However the ride was relaxing and beautiful and the Prosecco and crackers afterwards overlooking the river was enjoyable. Overall I would recommend!
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If you are even considering doing this, book it!
, Jul 2018
This was fantastic! Had a nice boat ride down the Arno River. Glass of wine. Tour guide was extreamly knowledgeable. If you are in Florence and want an experience you wot forget for a reasonable price, this is the way to go!
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This is a belated review of our...
Patricia M
, Jun 2018
This is a belated review of our Florence River Cruise - just forgot to write it up earlier. Since the river cruise is still the same, I can add to the positive comments preceding mine. Our disappointment was that the cruise was a short hour, and about the same to get to and from the boat launch. Nonetheless, a ride on the Arno River is another memorable way to see the historic city of Florence, enjoyed with a glass of wine on board!
star-5
Tour was amazing. Really...
laurajgavin
, May 2018
Tour was amazing. Really knowledgeable guide and it was made even better by the group of people I did the tour with. The glass of prosecco was a nice touch and seeing the sun set over the water was stunning. As something different to do it was lovely.
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This was a lovely way to spend the...
Cheryl V
, Jan 2018
This was a lovely way to spend the evening and to see Florence from the river. The guide was very knowledgeable and made it a fun night.
star-5
We saw Florence from the Arno with...
ajconley44
, Sep 2017
We saw Florence from the Arno with some explanations of the city, river and bridges. A very nice way to quietly see some of the sights.

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