Oltrarno

Oltrarno, Florence: Address, Phone Number, Oltrarno Reviews: 4.5/5

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Located on the city's left bank, this neighborhood preserves the past.
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Neighborhood: 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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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,944 contributions
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 January 3, 2020
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HawkeyLa r rye_in_CA
Orange, CA135 contributions
Couples
This area, across the Ponte Vecchio or the Ponte Santa Trinita has some absolutely beautiful areas and some of the best shopping, restaurants and gelato in all of Florence. Take the time to walk and go to the Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens, take in gelato at Gelateria Santa Trinita and just experience another side of Florence. We recommend Anna's for Leather and Maldova's for handmade gloves. You can't go wrong.
Written March 17, 2012
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Rachel P
Rochester, NY14 contributions
Couples
We went to Oltrarno twice during our 3 days in Florence and really loved it. Really, Oltrarno made the trip in Florence for us. Florence is small and packed with tourists but you cross the Arno and Oltrarno has a completely different ambiance. There are immediately fewer tourists and more locals, less English and more Italian, less tourist tricket shops and more artisan crafts. We wandered all through the district, looked at shops, and sat in Piazza Santo Spirito. We bought some ceramics and watercolor paintings and enjoyed a delicious, authentic dinner. If you are going to Florence and want to get outside of the central tourist area, this is your place.
Written May 23, 2014
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,469 contributions
Couples
Once you cross the Arno River, you enter the district known locally as Oltrarno, which literally means 'across the Arno'. This is the quieter side of Florence, where locals outnumber tourists and beautifully painted buildings give way to more simple, residence appearances. This is a good area to get away from the large crowds that the city centre and still have very good to excellent attractions to see.

In Oltrarno, you can visit the famous Piti Palace, the huge Boboli Gardens and Bardini Gardens, easily spending a full day at these attractions alone. There is a nice church and square in this area called Santo Spirito. Lastly, you will also find the excellent Brancacci Chapel and Santa Maria del Carmini church, together make up a top 4 or 5 church visit in Florence in our opinion.

From the Boboli (and Bardini) Gardens, you can find excellent views of the city of Florence. However, for best views, you can visit the famous Piazzale Michelangelo, where unobstructed sweeping views of the entire city of Florence are found. This is also on this side of the Arno.

Overall, while not as important as the city centre areas around Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the Oltrarno isn't a bad place to spend time while in Florence. Sadly, most only pass through Florence for a night or two as part of a larger Italian Tour, thus time might limit you from coming into this area. However, for those with a longer stay in Florence, you might enjoy quieter side of the Oltrarno and attractions found here.
Written March 14, 2012
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AllegraM1
New York12 contributions
We rented an apartment on the Oltrarno side of the river in July 2012 and it was lovely -- far less choked with tourists, amazing food, beautiful back streets, and yet comfortably close to absolutely everything. Definitely recommend!

Even if you're not staying here, be sure to check out the fantastic food on this side of the river -- especially great restaurants can be found on Via Santo Spirito and Borgo San Jacopo!
Written July 15, 2012
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tuscanpro
Florence, Italy453 contributions
Solo
Oltrarno is where the true Florence still exists with actual Florentines and artisan shops. Great eateries too!
Written February 16, 2019
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Manatee27
New Mexico, United States105 contributions
Solo
One morning I set out from the Pitti Palace on the other side of the Arno River. There is a wonderful little neighborhood there that is not frequented by too many tourists. The area has an entirely different feel from the central part of Florence. The streets are very narrow, the buildings tall. There is a little piazza called Santo Spirito. It has a small church I did not enter and a farm market that feels more like more local than tourist. Hidden away off the piazza is the home and workshop of an elderly man, no English, who makes gold, silver, and cloisonné jewelry, frames, and boxes. He is very happy to show you how he makes everything by hand or will antique hand run tools. You can buy directly from him. He sells to some of the large stores in Europe and the US. Walking up and down the little streets, you can look in windows and see how books are make by hand, leather goods are hand made, wood carvings, and sculptures. Most of the artisans are very happy to show you their work and how they make things by hand the way the generations before them did. Most of it is becoming a lost art. Many of these people only speak Italian, but they are happy to beckon you into their workshops. There were also a couple of American ex-pats who had learned the trade from the masters and now had their own shops. It was one of my favorite parts of my visit to Florence.
Written June 30, 2014
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Joann G
Newtown, CT308 contributions
Friends
In visits past, I went walking on adventures over to this side of the river, it was not crowded or popular with tourists, but it was full of interesting artisan work shops, local small food markets, quiet piazza's to sit and reflect in; I was hard pressed to find any English spoken. This trip I found it to be very discovered! Visitors young and old and in between have crossed the bridge to see what's on the other side.
This trip, we again meandered onto many little streets, poked into shops that do book restoration, wooded furniture recovery, frame shops, but best of all ... food. The restaurants are more family style, fresh and basic. Slow food is easy to find. And the small local markets provide the basics for home meals. We stayed on this side this trip, so it was easy to fall out the door and take a long or short walk and 'discover' a new street, an amazing gold artist, or run over to whatever square the market was in that day.
The downside to any city life is the constant sound... at night, even with the newly installed sound limiting windows the sounds of 'happening' drift in. And then of course there is the no drive areas, and the issue of having a car in the city limits ( find a garage!), and the ever changing direction of street traffic - just because a street tracked one way 2 weeks ago, don't count on that this week! But that said, it is a beautiful part of Florence, full,of it's own history, culture, breath stopping church art, architecture and... Food.
Cross the river and go beyond the Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens. Stroll onto quiet streets. These are neighborhoods of the city.
Written November 1, 2013
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Flo-towner
Florence, Italy50 contributions
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 December 12, 2018
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Parmasan
East Windsor, NJ91 contributions
Couples
Oltrarno -"other side of the Arno" (translation approximate) is where we stay when in Florence. Artsy, quieter, authentic, quaint, gritty, great little osterias, shops down every street. One of the best Ristorantes in Florence, Chinghiale Bianco is in Oltrarno. Pitti Palace and museum, Boboli gardens, all short walking distances. Try to stay in an apartment, although there are many nice hotels there as well.
Written August 19, 2014
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