Oltrarno
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Located on the city's left bank, this neighborhood preserves the past.
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Neighbourhood: Piazzale Michelangelo
Just outside the ancient walls of Florence, Viale Michelangiolo starts. It is a winding road rimmed by wonderful poplars and holm oaks. The long ascent opens up to the most beautiful and famous panoramic viewpoint of Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo, where an elevated terrace offers visitors an incomparable and breathtaking view of the entire city from above. During good weather, Piazzale Michelangelo provides visitors with a serene space surrounded by the amazing landscape, better if accompanied by a fresh gelato from a local kiosk. During night, visitors will be dazzled by the warm lights of the capital of the Renaissance. Spend a second with the silent Romanesque beauty of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: the one that wishes good morning and good night to Florence!
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Oltrarno is one my favorite neighborhoods in Florence. I love its old streets, beautiful churches (especially, the Brunelleschi’s church, Basilica di Santo Spirito), cozy cafes and coffee shops, lovely boutiques, hidden courtyards… Oltrarno is home to spectacular world class art museum, Palazzo Pitti, and beautiful Giardini di Boboli. This time the weather didn’t cooperate and I was in Oltrarnoin the rain, but it didn’t spoil my adventure.
Written 6 April 2023
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Nancy S
La Crosse, WI7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Loved the Pitti Palace, so much amazing art! Bought some beautiful water colors from Carlo, who paints at the bottom of the palace hill. Take a walk up to the Piazzale Michaelango for a spectacular view!
Written 11 November 2022
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Ozan Karahan
Krakow, Poland1,560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The district Oltrarno has many historical buildings. It is possible to find different shops and restaurants for any budget. Recommended to visit, better by walk.
Written 2 July 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Every tourist metropolis must have an area where tourists can relax from each other. These are the XII and XV arrondissements in Paris or Sarria in Barcelona. Trastevere was like that in Rome, but perhaps it was in the days of Gregory peck and Audrey Hepburn. The meaning of the Oltrarno means the same as Trastevere in Rome: "Beyond the Arno". A small commercial port was here in the middle ages and therefore small artisans settled here. After the construction of the Pitti Palace and the Boboli gardens, villas began to be built here, but the Western part of Oltrarno continued to be a working suburb. There are still no expensive hotels and restaurants here, so you can relax and stay cheap. And the reward will be enchanting views of the beauty of Florence.
Written 3 January 2020
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This neighborhood, south of the Arno is home to a few attractions and can be very less crowded than other districts. It is loaded with craft shops, restaurants and peaceful piazzas. This neighborhood is ideal for just wandering back streets and alleys. It is also home to the Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Santo Spirito Basilica.
Written 15 September 2019
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tuscanpro
Florence, Italy454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
Oltrarno is where the true Florence still exists with actual Florentines and artisan shops. Great eateries too!
Written 16 February 2019
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margaretc007
Bethesda, MD4,371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Crossing the Arno River via the Ponte Vecchio or the Ponte Santa Trinita, one gets to the other side. Maybe because I was there on a Sunday morning, it had a more deserted feeling than the historic part of Florence. Some of the sights such as the Palazzo Pitti and the Capella Brancacci are located in this part of town.
Written 12 December 2018
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Flo-towner
Florence, Italy52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
La Rive Gauche - I first lived in the culturally rich area of real florentines savoring the small bakeries, eateries the open markets of Santo Spirito ..The bakeries , small clubs and seeing the beautiful chiesa Del Carmine and San Felice.. Here's where the locals hang out.
Written 12 December 2018
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Rowland45
Iowa City, IA401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Crossing the Ponte Vecchio is always a challenge so this year we decided to stay on the Oltrarno (other side of the Arno) for a change. We are very glad we did and have already lined up plans to return next year. The Pitti Palace is the most well known attraction in the area but there is a lot more things on the rise. Do not stop at the end of the bridge. You will be rewarded well for exploring the Oltrarno!
Written 19 November 2018
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This lively quarter is located south of the Arno river, hence its name which is meaning “beyond the Arno”. It reminds me on the Trastavere part in Rome, full of small shops, nice bars and great restaurants. It was once a “blue-collar” and artisan district, but nowadays it is discovered by tourists and visitors, who admire its medieval charm and lively atmosphere.
Written 8 October 2018
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