Florence: The Curious Oltrarno, Self-Guided Mobile Tour

Florence: The Curious Oltrarno, Self-Guided Mobile Tour

From $9.51 per person

A tour dedicated to Oltrarno, a part of the real Florence that resists the ravages of time and tourist development, a world that deserves to be discovered and lived.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 hour
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Optional audio guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Cross the bridge of Santa Trinita
  • See the Fontana Dello Sprone
  • Visit the Palace of Bianca Cappello with the façade that stands out thanks to its unusual decoration of grotesque figures
Full description
This is a self-guided mobile tour provided by a tour-guide app. The tour is based on an award-winning storytelling concept and the fascinating narratives are prepared by handpicked destination experts. Enjoy this multilingual tour by using your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet at your own pace, even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step by step to explore all the points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of signature stories, allowing you to tailor this experience to your personal interests and schedule. The curious Oltrarno is a Florence most people never see. The city is divided into four districts, but only one is on the other side of the river Arno: this district is called Oltrarno. It is the least visited and the most Florentine neighborhood, full of stories, traditional restaurants and handicraft shops.   Since Oltrarno derives its name from its position relative to the river, it makes sense to begin the tour from Ponte Vecchio.This is the last in a line of bridges that stretches back to Roman times and dates to 1345. It has resisted several disastrous floodwaters and supports one of Florence’s most impressive passageways, the so-called Vasari’s Corridor, commissioned by Cosimo I of the Medici in 1565 to allow his private passage from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti (his residence). The first point of interest in Oltrarno is the Church of Santa Felicita, built close to a Christian cemetery, which is commemorated by a column in the middle of the square. The church is dedicated to St Felicity, a beautiful lady with seven sons, each of whom was executed in front of her for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. Then comes Palazzo Pitti, commissioned by the banker and merchant Luca Pitti in an effort to outdo his chief rivals, the Medici.      Sdrucciolo de' Pitti is the quintessential neighborhood street where you can still catch a glimpse of Florentine artisans plying the traditional trades of their forefathers. Via Maggio is another important street. It became popular in the 16th century, when the Medici family parades passed from here on the way to Palazzo Pitti. This is the reason why all the families living on the street decided to richly adorn the façades of their palaces. The Basilica di Santo Spirito brings to mind all the elegance of the Renaissance, while the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine represents the playful Rococo style. The tour ends at Ponte alla Carraia, the second bridge crossing the Arno River and one that has been destroyed (and rebuilt) seven times!
Includes
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone in English and Italian
  • Offline content with offline interactive map and signature stories
  • Activation link to access your audio tour
  • Smartphone
  • App not available for Windows phones
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Ponte Vecchio, Firenze

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • Please note that this is an audio self-guided tour. No VR / AR is included, no physical guide will accompany you
  • You must have an Android or iOS smartphone for this digital tour. The tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, or iPad Mini 1st generation
  • Please provide your e-mail to send you your personal promo-code to access / unlock your tour
  • Seven days before your selected visit date, you will receive an email from the local partner with instructions on how to access and download your audio tour.
  • The tour is yours to use at any moment you wish according to your schedule and also repeat any time
  • Usage of headphones is recommended, in order to best enjoy this multimedia (audio, photos & text) self-guided tour
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant
  • Non-refundable once activated
  • Please ensure you have 100-150 MB of free storage space on your device
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You need to get away from the Wikipedia style. There was very little info that isn’t available everywhere on the internet. Tie the stops together and tell some really good stories not just a few facts. Go deep!

September 27, 2019

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