Like Paris, even Florence has its rive gauche, otherwise known as the Oltrarno, which literally means "on the other side of the Arno." Tourists generally wander around central Florence in places like piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, piazza della Repubblica, via dei Calzaiuoli and piazza Duomo, featuring its outstanding cathedral and the San Giovanni Baptistery. Of course, these favorites are bustling with art and history and deserve their own visits, but sometimes it's also worth venturing off the tourist trail! Cross Ponte Vecchio and you'll reach the south side of the river, where you’ll find plenty of bars, churches, museums, parks and workshops worth seeing. In addition to its extraordinary historical treasures, the Oltrarno has another advantage: it's far from Florence's busy central and eastern quarters. This means you'll find a calmer, more authentic and professional area, full of artisan studios flaunting centuries-old traditions and crafts, not to mention the number of antiques stores, friendly bars and small, family-run restaurants.
The Oltrarno includes three of Florence's zones: Santo Spirito, San Niccolò and San Frediano. Below, you’ll find a one-day itinerary to explore them all. Follow us step by step and you won't be disappointed!