Florence River Cruise On A Traditional Barchetto

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  • Duration: 1 Hrs 15 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    5pm, 6pm and (VIP option) 7pm Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour departure
  • Departure Details :
    Florencetown - Booking Office, Piazza Mentana, 2, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Cruise along the Arno River and under the incredible Ponte Vecchio, Florences famous bridge, on a barchetto, a small traditional boat! Florences 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 Tuscanros or white wine, while passing beautiful Florence attractions like the Corsini Palace and the Santa Trinita Bridge.


Free drinks included

Get inside tips from a local

Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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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.


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




Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking


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.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-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.

  • 03-Jul-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).

  • 28-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!

  • 21-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!

  • 01-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.

  • 27-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.

  • 29-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.

  • 17-Sep-2017

    Good for pictures. Short trip.

  • 17-Sep-2017

    The guide was knowledgeable. The weather was great and the views were worth it. Saw a lot, sitting down.

  • 15-Sep-2017

    Florence from a small open boat is beautiful and the guide was really knowledgeable, completely recommend.

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