Oltrarno Neighbourhood

Oltrarno means “beyond the Arno” and is now one of Florence's trendiest neighbourhoods.

Nearby Attractions

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Palazzo Pitti
A vast 15th century palace commissioned by the ambitious Florentine banker Luca Pitti, housing an important collection of Renaissance paintings.
Palatine Gallery
Housing some of the grandest artworks of Palazzo Pitti, the Palatine Gallery is not to be missed.
Handmade Shoes
See the handmade process of shoemaking.
Florentine Schiacciata
A traditional Florentine cake that can be found in every local pastry shop around the city.
Grotta del Buontalenti
The Grotta del Buontalenti is one of the most famous spots in the Boboli Gardens. It was started by Giorgio Vasari, but the work was finished by Bernardo Buontalenti in 1593.
Anfiteatro de Boboli
Originally designed as a garden, the Anfiteatro de Boboli was finished in 1634 and after a performance held in 1739, the Amphitheatre was no longer used for plays.

Related Tours

Private Food and Wine Tasting Tour of Florence
Experience the delicious local cuisine and wines of Florence on this all-inclusive foodie tour through the hidden gems of the city called the Cradle of the Renaissance. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private tour guide, who will manage all aspects of your all-inclusive food tour.
  • Step away from the beaten tourist path and explore the pretty Oltrarno foodie neighbourhood, a favourite with locals. 
  • Meet the local custodians, sellers and producers of Florence’s proud culinary traditions, and wine experts as you walk your way through this tasting extravaganza. 
  • Taste a selection of local Florentine and Tuscan delicacies such as the "schiacciata" and other traditional sweets. 
  • Stop in a wine shop for a curated Tuscan wine tasting accompanied by tasty cold cuts and crostini
  • Step inside a cheese specialist to explore the best cheeses Tuscany has to offer - also accompanied by a glass of wine
  • Refresh your palate with delicious gelato, in non-touristy gelateria – one of Florence’s best-kept secrets!
  • Arrive on this tour hungry, and plan to leave this tour full!
No holiday to Italy, the land of sun, art, culture and glorious food and wine, is complete without this VIP food tour through the hidden gems of Florence, home of the Renaissance and symbolic of Italy’s culinary passion! 

With your local expert guide, you will step away from the tourist hotspots and navigate the foodie neighbourhoods and quaint streets of Florence, as you sample a huge array of Florentine and Tuscan specialities from mouth-watering cold cuts and cheeses to delicious wines and classic Italian dolce (sweet foods) including – of course – a classic gelato. 

Your tour will begin across the Arno river in Piazza Santo Spirito – a favourite local haunt of the young Michelangelo, and now an area trendy with students and locals alike. Your guide will take you to fascinating streets, shops, bars and piazzas of the Oltrarno district where you’ll learn and taste all the best gastronomic traditions Florence and Tuscany can offer. You’ll have a chance to chat with the expert producers and sellers, chefs and sommeliers, of these flavoursome delicacies – learning about the history of the food and the passionate families that have worked in the business for generations. Just be sure to arrive on an empty stomach! 


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