The other side of Florence: the Oltrarno Tour

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Duration: 3 hours.
Price: the cost of the tour can change according to the season and the day of the week.
Please, contact us to book the tour.
Schedule: everyday but Sunday, reservation required
Number of people: Private or Semi-private (max 8 people)

The OltrArno Tour

Tour Description

Beyond the obvious and a few steps further, just turn the corner, there is the Other Florence, the Oltrarno (the other side of the Arno) quarter to be discovered. Though there are not lines and lines of tourists waiting to enter its museums, it is without a doubt that this neighborhood is a must-see. This Oltrarno is worth exploring, because it is here where one can see the true face of the city.

So when it is natural light, instead of the curated spotlighting, that everything will appear to you more its authentic and genuine beauty.

We can begin by visiting the parish church of Ognissanti. In this church you will have the chance to appreciate the works of art in their original setting. The painted cross by Giotto and the frescos by Ghirlandaio and Botticelli will make more sense to you in their original context. Here we have the tombs of the Vespucci family and of Botticelli, who wanted to be buried as close as possible to his most famous muse. Who is this muse? That you will have to find out!

Afterwards we will visit the dining hall of the franciscan convent and admire the fresco of the Last Supper by Ghirlandaio. You will get a different perspective from that of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Crossing the Arno river we will reach the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine where we will visit the Brancacci Chapel. This chapel is undoubtedly the highest expression of the Renaissance ever.

All artists, including Michelangelo, have come here at least once at one point in their life, to learn and pay tribute to the first and most important painter of the Renaissance, Masaccio. Of course, our tour will not be complete without enjoying the authentic life of the city playing its part as the protagonist in our drama. Enjoy the everyday open markets as they are staged alongside churches of significant history in the boisterous piazzas.

You will be tempted to shop at the many small and independent boutiques, but remember that siesta is well-respected in the Oltrarno quarter. Why should it not be as nothing can be better than friends at the table enjoying the “dolce far niente” and good Italian espresso!

The perfect conclusion for this tour will be the visit to the Basilica of Santo Spirito, where the most severe and simple architectonical features will reveal to you the deepest meaning and essence of the Renaissance.

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