Oltrarno: Florence’s most charming quarter

Florence is famous for its artisan works, from clothing and leather goods, to stunning gold jewellery (great souvenirs for those with limited luggage space!). And of course this is the home of the Renaissance where some of the world’s best art was created, and is still housed in the Uffizi Gallery, along the Vasari Corridor and in the Accademia Museum.

Throughout history, many of Florence’s artists and artisans have worked in the Oltrarno quarter of town.

Literally meaning ‘other side of the Arno’, the river that runs through Florence, the Oltrarno area is a charming and historic district with ancient cobblestone streets, stunning Renaissance palaces, and old-fashioned workshops.

There are also a great array of shops, restaurants and coffee shops to visit, and piazzas perfect for sitting in to do some people-watching.

Although just a short walk from the bustling centre of Florence, the Oltrarno area has a truly different feel. If you’re planning on visiting Florence, exploring this most charming it is a great thing to do in Florence!

Our Original Evening Walk includes a relaxing evening stroll around the Oltrarno. Along the way, our English-speaking tour guide reveals details of scandalous tales and murderous intrigues, a medieval hospice holding the dark secrets of Michelangelo’s murky past, bustling squares where Florentines have met and enjoyed their evenings for centuries, artisans workshops virtually out of the Renaissance, and Florence’s favourite medieval flagellation spot for those in the know! All this is followed by a fabulous wine tasting of top-notch Italian wines.

We also have a private guided tour of Florence’s artisan workshops where you can explore firsthand the magic that goes into the finely-crafted designs of exquisite jewellery made by master craftsmen with workshops classified as museums, Europe’s most famous antique tapestry dealer, magnificent Renaissance furniture replicas, painstaking exacting gilders going about the work of centuries past, descendants of the famous Medici family selling oggetti d’arte to Windsor palace, Italy’s most famous wood carvers, and if you want have a perfume made and designed just for you by the talented and fascinating Lorenzo Villoresi with an old family palazzo studio looking over the Ponte Vecchio.

We also have many other private tours that cater to your every desire, from exclusive tours of Florence (and Tuscany) to RomeVenice and the Cinque Terre and beyond.

To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, RomeVeniceCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

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  1. Uh! Why is everyone going to Italy this Summer expect me? I went there on my honeymoon 4 years ago and I can’t wait to go back. I highly recommend Rick Steve’s guidebooks-worth every penny. I also really enjoyed the Cinque Terra. Sienna is worth a visit. The duomo is amazing. But to really get the feel of Sienna, it’s nice to stay for the evening passegiata, have a glass of wine in the campo and watch the boys play football(soccer). Make sure you have gelato. Every night if possible. Comment on my blog if you want, I can give you my email and maybe some specific places we went to. Ciao!