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2008-05-23

Boat tour on the Arno river: under the Ponte Vecchio!

It was so exciting, guys!
Last week I reserved the boat tour on the Arno river organized by the Genio Fiorentino. It was fascinating seeing Florence from the river! Passing under the Ponte Vecchio! Katia, a friend of mine, told me it was fantastic and surely it was.

It is a little bit scaring at the beginning because the boat is not stable at all and it is an inch from the water; you stare at the barcaiolo, the boater you start to think "he will fall into the water” instead he drives the long stick, the pertica, and you go…
The Uffizi, underneath the Ponte Vecchio (there’s the echo!) and then under Ponte alla Carraia. You see all the noble Palaces, hotels with lucky tourists leaning out from their room terraces, people sitting on the restaurants along the Arno river…

We did the boat tour with a guide who explained us many things on Florence such as the Capricorn on the Ponte alla Carraia; the Capricorn was the zodiac ascendant of Cosimo de’ Medici
who in this way he felt like the Roman Emperor Augusto, then the ability of Vasari when he built palaces and also the nicknames the Florentines gave to Friars…
Everything was so amazing! They told me that the boat tour will take place also during the Summer and I highly recommend ! This tour is very romantic, too!
This is the website of the "renaioli": a tour for 6 people costs about 12 euros each. For special occations could cost more...

I did also a video, you can watch it on Youtube>>

Right after the tour my friend and I had a nice ice cream at the Gelateria de’ Neri, in via de’ Neri then we strolled around the city centre listening to unauthorized singers, the temperature was so pleasant and so on…
I adore Florence in May.

2 comments:

erin said...

Thanks Nelly for the recommendations of the Genio Florentino...I checked out the website when you posted the other week and we've participated in quite a bit. We also have reservations for this boat tour on Sunday night...but isn't it free during Genio? I thought so, but wanted to make sure so we don't end up not bringing € :)

Nelli said...

during Genio is free!
while in other occations you have to pay. :)

enjoy Florence from a different point of view!

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