How about visiting one of the most beautiful quartiers in the city and going off the beaten path? Oltrarno is a real joy! Is a peculiar and the last real florentine nighborhood.
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 will cover by feet the most important places of this part of Florence starting from Ponte Vecchio to finish in Piazza del Carmine.
From ancient roman times to today this quartier still conserves the essence of being “diladdarno”
WHAT DO WE VISIT IN THIS TOUR?
Lets start our visit in Ponte Vecchio. Discover the truth of the ridge, admire the views of Arno river and try to imagine how it was in the middle ages when it was built to reveal all the secrets that it still keeps…
Following the Medici Passage over the bridge we will reach the other sidem there is a church there called Santa Felicita, a very small christian church and the first one built in Florence… but why here? Let us tell there!
If the church is open, we will get inside and admire it today.
And what else? What about the Palazzo Pitti?
Would you like to see the facade the great last Palace of the Medici family? Is impressive and can you help you to imagine the great collections that contents.
Continious our stroll to Piazza Santo Spirito to breath the magic atmosphere bohemian. There is an importat point for this tour: 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. Some other surprises of the renaissance period are waiting for us there such us the Crucifixion by Michelangelo.
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 will be in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine where to 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 lifes, 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.