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Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto provided by FlorenceTown

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto
4.5
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
See Venice from the water on a scenic Arno River cruise that travels in a small traditional boat known as a ‘barchetto.’ Ride in one of the few such boats still in operation and see landmarks such as the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio. Your guide provides a glass of Prosecco to sip en route, and shares detailed commentary about the city.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Includes short walking tour and boat ride
Hear live commentary from the guide
Glass of Prosecco provided during the cruise
See Venice landmarks from the Arno River
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5049ARNO
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food
Duration
1h
Departure details
Piazza Mentana, 2, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy FLORENCETOWN BOOKING OFFICE, Piazza Mentana 2red FIRENZE (opposite from the Arno River).
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food
Departure details
Piazza Mentana, 2, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy FLORENCETOWN BOOKING OFFICE, Piazza Mentana 2red FIRENZE (opposite from the Arno River).
Duration
1h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Piazza Mentana, 2
    Piazza Mentana, 2, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
    FLORENCETOWN BOOKING OFFICE, Piazza Mentana 2red FIRENZE (opposite from the Arno River).
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Ponte Vecchio
    Corridoio Vasariano
    Palazzo Corsini
    Uffizi
  • You'll end at
    Piazza Mentana, 2
    Piazza Mentana, 2, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
    FLORENCETOWN BOOKING OFFICE, Piazza Mentana 2red FIRENZE (opposite from the Arno River).
    See address & details
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4.5
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Star W
Sayville, NY14 contributions
Lovely and informative
Sep 2019
I wish I could remember her name but we had an amazing tour guide. A young woman with a lot of knowledge met us at the gate and took us down to the river to enter a large boat operated by an older gentleman. The older gentleman smiled as we enter the boat And continue to smiling throughout the journey. The young woman filled us with knowledge about the Arno river in regards to World War II. She filled our glasses with wine and for those who did not drink, orange juice or water. We did the later afternoon tour as the sun was setting and it was a beautiful way to go into our dinner. Because we didn’t book our train tickets to Venice in a timely fashion they were way too expensive to go from Florence. However, this was an equally beautiful experience without having to go to Venice. I recommend it highly. I only wish I could remember the young woman’s name to give her credit.
Written 19 October 2019
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Linda French
Aurora, CO6 contributions
Nice relaxing way to see more of Florence
This was probably my favorite tour so far. Our guide was energetic, engaging and gave us such detailed information from the time we met until the end of the cruise. The ride down the Arno and back was relaxing and fun. The view from the river was different than walking the streets and definitely less crowded. Definitely recommended!
Written 17 October 2019
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Robert48192
Wyandotte, MI35 contributions
Highlight of Florence
Oct 2019
We signed up for a group tour, but it was just the 4 of us. Our guide was excellent. It was a beautiful night and the information she gave was excellent. The photo opportunities were abundant. This is a don't miss.
Written 13 October 2019
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Aligater33
Staplehurst, UK2 contributions
Wonderful cruise
Oct 2019 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed the short guided walk to the boat pick up and the cruise was excellent. Our guide, Martina was fun, interesting and a pleasure to be with. The rose wine on board was also excellent and plentiful. Definitely a great way to end your day and good value.
Written 8 October 2019
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Sydneykjb
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
Totally enjoyable couple of hours
Sep 2019 • Family
We loved this tour. We met our guide in town and then leisurely strolled down to the river learning about Florence on the way.

Our boat was captained by a lovely man who provided a recommendation for dinner at a local restaurant. It was the best food we have had in Italy. It was called trattoria Roberto.

The group was fun and we enjoyed listening to our host about Tuscany as the sun set.

It was quick, fun and easy. Would definitely recommend.
Written 1 October 2019
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Melody
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
This was cool, but not well run and not worth the extra $14euros they charged me for the “sunset” ride at 7:00.
Sep 2019 • Solo
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of changing my 6:00 to 7:00 because they advertise the 7:00 as the sunset ride. However, we got started late! And missed most of the sunset. It wasn’t until 7:28 that we got to board the boat and it was already getting dark. 7o% of the ride was in total darkness because we ambled through busy streets to walk from the Apple store to the take off point. She said it was a 10 minute walk but it was longer and we lingered too long at the meeting point. What’s the purpose of getting there at 6:45 if the guid doesn’t show up til 7:07 and we stand there talking and getting head sets on, etc. I tried to hurry the guide along and said we are going to miss the sunset but she said don’t worry, it’s much more light on the water...no, it’s not. Later she said yeah we are not going to offer the 7:00 anymore because it’s quite dark now. Umm hello, that’s what I was saying! I think I should get the extra 14 euro refunded as paying $50 was already enough and I didn’t get anything more for the extra cash. I’d recommend this as it was still pretty and unique, but do it at a better time and better price. Everyone was scrambling to take photos at the beginning because we lost the sunset and it felt hectic. We also didn’t get wine til the end when we sat in pitch black darkness on the way back. I think the concept is great and our guide and boatman were nice, but it was poorly timed and executed.
Written 27 September 2019
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Yannick V
4 contributions
Disapointed
Sep 2019 • Friends
Only the vieuw was worth it. Because it was evening. They served wine instead of prosecco. It was with a hole group.
Written 27 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Yannick, first of all thank you for joining a Florencetown tour. We appreciate the time and effort you have spared to give us this review. We always accept all reviews as an essential element in our strive to continually maintain and exceed expectations, as well as provide the highest standards on our tours. I am sorry to read the tour did not meet your expectations. Our apologies for this, first of all. Your feedback is not very detailed but from the few things you write, I guess it has been a problem of wrong expectations. We usually serve a high quality rosé or white wine, which is produced in the Chianti wine region. Prosecco is a wine produced in northern Italy, thus it is not really typical of Tuscany. The wines served are from a winery that has a small production and that has won several international and important awards. Although you expected prosecco, I hope you enjoyed the rosé wine you tasted. Regarding the group, you actually booked a shared tour, so it means that you join it together with other travelers like you. We also offer the option of joining a private boat tour, if you prefer (obviously with a different price). Please, next time contact us if you would like to join one of our experiences on a private basis, we would be very glad to organize it for you. Thank you for your feedback and looking forward to welcoming you back to Florence! Best regards Edoardo Giacometti Director of Shared Tours - Florencetown
Written 14 October 2019
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GardenDC
Allithwaite, UK5 contributions
Excellent way to experience the river
Sep 2019 • Friends
A lovely short trip along the river, with history and local wine - the guide made the evening informative and fun
Written 10 September 2019
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Jan B
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia28 contributions
Relaxing cruise
Sep 2019
The river cruise was a delightful, peaceful respite from the crowds of Florence and a wonderful opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. The 6pm trip meant the golden light was perfect for great photos of the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Our guide provided us with relevant historical information and the glass of wine was a pleasant touch. Definitely recommend.
Written 9 September 2019
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Caroline W
25 contributions
Lovely but not worth the price
The meeting point was easy to find and our guide Marcia was lovely and knowledgeable. There is a 15 min walk from meeting point to the Arno. The ride on the rover was lovely and rose wine was provided not prosecco as advertised. The history we were told was very interesting.
Did we enjoy it? Yes
Was it worth the £110? No
Would I recommend it? Yes as long as you are not on a tight budget.
We booked the 7pm ride and got the beautiful sunset.
Written 31 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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