Oltrarno: the other side of the river

Discover the lesser visited masterpiece treasures on the south side.....

Duration: 3 or 4 hrs

This walking tour takes place on the Oltrarno, the south side of the city. This area is less visited but no less interesting or important historically and artistically than the north side of the river. On the three hour tour we will visit the Santa Felicita church, dedicated to one of Florence’s first martyrs & one of the Medici’s family churches and the Santo Spirito Church and piazza, where the Augustians have reigned for eight hundred years.  We wander through the old alleyways, past the artisans working with cast iron, wood carving, engraving and restoration and walk down the road that was part of the Medici processional route, lined with renaissance palaces with external decoration. Finally, we continue to the church of Santa Maria del Carmine to experience the world famous Brancacci Chapel, frescoed, by the great master Masaccio, called the first renaissance painter, with the stories of St Peter.

The four hour tour will also include the Palatine gallery inside the Pitti Palace visiting the sumptuously decorated reception rooms with the glorious Baroque masterpiece ceilings and a selection of the paintings by the some of the most important painters in history, such as Raphael, Titian and Rubens.

PLEASE NOTE: The Santo Spirito church is closed on Wednesday & the Brancacci chapel is closed on Tuesday & the Pitti Palace (Palatine gallery) is closed on Monday.

Option 1 is available on Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Option 2 is available on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Meeting point:

In the middle of the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

All tours that we organise are private. We do not organise group tours.

Tour cost:

Option 1: 3 hours

390€ when you book for up to 5 people.

450€ when you book for 6-9 people.

510€ when you book for 10 or more people.

ADMISSION FEES to sites not included in the hourly rate. Admission fees to be paid on the day at the ticket office with guide.

Option 2: 4 hours (with the inclusion of the inside of the Pitti Palace)

520€ when you book for up to 5 people.

600€ when you book for 6-9 people.

680€ when you book for 10 or more people.

ADMISSION FEES to sites not included in the hourly rate. Admission fees to be paid on the day at the ticket office with guide.

Headset hire 

Groups greater than 6 people will require headsets, necessary for most of the museums and recommended for city walks due to surrounding noise.

Freya’s Florence will book these in advance and they will be distributed at the beginning of the tour and used for the entire duration of the tour. For parties of 10 people and less the total cost for a half day tour is 25€ or for a full day tour the cost is 50€.

For parties greater than 10pax the cost of the headsets per person is 2.50€ for a half day tour and 5€ per person for a full day tour.


Payment for the tour can be made in cash at the end of the tour directly to the guide, or in advance by PayPal with an additional 5% to cover the PayPal fees.

Tours booked within ten days of the date of the tour must be paid in advance by PayPal.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made less than 48hours prior to the tour start time require full payment.

Cancellations made within a week of your tour date will require half payment.