Cross the Ponte Vecchio to one of the coolest neighborhoods in town. Literally meaning “over the Arno,” Oltrarno is the name of the part of town where you’ll find the magnificent Pitti Palace, the beautiful Santo Spirito church, Medieval towers, but also artisan shops, antique dealers, trendy wine bars, and restaurants. Join me as I lead the way, off the usual tourist itinerary, to characteristic streets and squares. Hear curious facts and interesting tales discovering the other side of town.
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At your hotel or at the Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. Discover how it managed to survive disastrous floods and World War II. Learn how it became a major part of the Grand Duke's plan to avoid assassination.
Cross to the other side of town, get a great view of the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio for a great photo opportunity. See Medieval Towers and learn about their construction. Continue to stroll, passing by artisan shops on off-the-beaten-path streets and alleys. Discover the best places for quality souvenirs to take back home.
See the imposing facade of the grand Pitti Palace, the residence of the Medici Grand Dukes. Continue strolling, passing by the Renaissance palace with the typical 16th-century Florentine ornamentation, and hear the story of its scandalous resident.
Walk over to the lively Piazza Santo Spirito. Opt for a visit inside Santo Spirito church and see beautiful Renaissance altarpieces in the stunning architecture of Brunelleschi, or walk to the nearby gelateria for some of the best gelato in town. At night this square becomes the center of Florentine nightlife.
Piazza Santo Spirito
The itinerary may include entrance inside a place of worship. Visitors are kindly asked to dress in an appropriate manner with shoulders and knees covered.