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Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

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Firenze, Italy
Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto
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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
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Mini Cruise on the Arno River aboard a Florentine Gondola (approx. 50 min)
Cool Wine "aperitivo" or soft drink
English speaking fully licensed History guide
Only in English for the highest quality
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Piazza Mentana, 3 , Piazza Mentana, 3, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

FLORENCETOWN BOOKING OFFICE, Piazza Mentana 2red FIRENZE (opposite from the Arno River). Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour starting time.

This activity will end right where it started.
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:  
Ponte Vecchio
see the Ponte Vecchio from the Arno River
Pass By:  
Corridoio Vasariano
see the corridoio vasariano from the Arno River
Pass By:  
Palazzo Corsini
see Palazzo Corsini from the Arno River
Pass By:  
Uffizi
see Uffizi from the Arno River
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Florencetown
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.

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  • "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

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star-4
Good view of Florence by boat
Fateha_K
, Aug 2022
Good experience albeit a very hot day. Informative, tour was conducted well and professionally. Umbrellas provided. For those that don’t drink alcohol - soft drink alternative would have been good instead of just water.
star-5
Unique experience
Elizabeth_A
, Aug 2022
This was an amazing and different experience!!! So much fun to see Florence from a different angle!!!!
star-5
A Lovely Evening on the Arno
Jeudi_W
, Aug 2022
A wonderful reprieve from the crowded city streets and heat. Our tour guide was lovely, full of historical info about the Barchetto, the river and bridges, the buildings and sights along the River, and the pilot kept informing us of the beautiful sunset. “Bellisimo!” Even though it wasn’t a long river cruise, it was a fantastic night on the river. Wine was served on the way back to the landing, and the guide continued to point out different sights of Florence. She was also happy to answer any questions. Since you get to see Florence from a totally different viewpoint, I would highly recommend this cruise. The booking company answered my request by textto decrease my party by four people, and issued a refund very quickly. Great customer service.
star-5
Wow
Amira_M
, Jul 2022
It was very relaxing after a long walk in the heat. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Must do when you’re in Florence.
star-5
Great intro to Florence
Kritzia_L
, Jul 2022
This was the first tour we took straight out of the train. It really set a frame of the city from the river and made all the other tours fit together. Amazing afternoon views during sunset.
star-4
Reflections on the River
James_G
, Jul 2022
One of the elder men on the cruise (from US) sharing some moments from a past experience in the same region.
star-5
Great relaxing time
NedJ_P
, Jul 2022
Very relaxing and fun with great information from our guide. We took an evening cruise and the sunset was beautiful glimmering off of the river.
star-5
A nice night on the river
Adrian_J
, Jul 2022
Great experience and way to see Florence . Tranquil. Memorable. Great guide . It’s just a very nice trip
star-4
Excellent sunset tour of the Arno
Andrew_F
, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic sunset on this boat tour. It was similar to a gondola ride, and both the boat operator and the tour leader were excellent. The only reason I did not rate this higher is that the duration was less than I had expected. I would still do the tour knowing the duration, just adjust my expectations. It was a very cool thing to do - traditional barchetto tour of the Arno.
star-5
Amazing!
Samir_S
, Jun 2022
Amazing trip, guide was knowledgeable and fun. Wine was great as well. Highly recommend this tour :)
star-5
Sunset sail!
Corey_H
, Jun 2022
Loved our time on the water with our wonderful guide. She was brilliant and full of great information. The evening departure was a treasure because the sunset was SPECTACULAR!!
star-5
Great experience
Hayden_M
, Jun 2022
Sunset cruise on the river. Our guide was friendly and informative. The small group made for a personalised experience. Some white wine refreshment was provided. Sunset was stunning. Probably our best experience in Florence!
star-5
Amazing river cruise
Nancy_C
, Jun 2022
The guide was engaging and very knowledgeable. She talked about the things we could see from the river and the neighborhoods behind them. The views from the river are amazing and it gives you a different perspective of the city.
star-2
Boat tour
Andrew_C
, May 2022
It’s unfortunate that our guide was landed with a couple who spoke only Italian and 10 college students from America who couldn’t really care about what she was saying. The guide didn’t have good command of her audience. She was loaded with information, just a bad night maybe.
star-4
Relaxing pre-dinner boat ride
nicolecochrane86
, May 2022
Staff are super helpful and accommodating, they let us change the date at the last minute free of charge. The tour is really picturesque and relaxing and our guide was so nice and knowledgeable. It does seem very expensive for 50 minutes, especially compared to what we paid for other excursions which lasted hours, so marked down a little for that.
star-5
Gondola ride in Florence
Alicia_W
, Oct 2021
Our guide was fantastic! Super friendly s d extremely knowledgeable. She even surprised us with a bottle of wine on board a s we all enjoyed a glass. Highly recommend. She was thee best!
star-5
A must do experience
Darren_R
, Oct 2021
Absolutely beautiful and unique experience. The tour guide was brilliant and made the tour even better with her funny explanations and background stories. Would highly recommend to anybody visiting Florence
star-5
Amazing Sunset Perspective of Firenze
Kimberly_W
, Oct 2021
I am an American guide here in Tuscany and have just discovered this wonderful new adventure which I will always add to my clients itinerary when weather permits. Our guide was so knowledgeable and personable…and the pilot, most capable (and handsome!) A wonderful new perspective of Firenze!
star-4
Fun boat ride
Beth_S
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Sarah was wonderful. Knowledgeable and fun. She made the experience worthwhile. While it was good to be on the river, I wish it had been a bit longer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Time with Great People
Reggie
, Aug 2021
Fabio was an amazing host and educator. Made us all feel at home and was adamant about getting all questions answered for us. Took time to have some fun with us as well. My only suggestion is that the tour be longer. Thank you again!

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