Urban Hiking in Florence
For those, like me, who like walking whilst taking in their surroundings and learning about the history that has evolved in the sights that they see; urban hiking is definitely for you.
With a combination of physical movement, history and art, we’ll get to know the less-well known areas of Florence; off the beaten tourist track but never the less, very important in the history of Florence. We’ll discover ‘Oltrarno’, on the far side of the famous River Arno that runs through Florence. In medieval times this district was home to the workshops and factories concentrated in the Italian wool industry. There are also two large convent complexes that settled there, ‘Santo Spirito’ and ‘Santa Maria del Carmine’.
Following the Renaissance period, the Family Pitti built their stupendous palace in this area. It was heralded as unique in its innovation and style and led to a new movement of aristocratic families constructing palaces in Florence. Due to an unexpected growth period in the 1800’s, the area of ‘Oltrarno’ became very popular; today I feel that it is the district in which one most feels the true spirit of Florence.
Walking along the narrow streets that run perpendicular to the River Arno, crossing small and not so small piazze (squares), we’ll explore the less well known part of Florence before crossing the famous ‘Ponte Vecchio’ (Old Bridge) to conclude our urban trek in the area of the Duomo and the ‘Piazza della Signoria’.
Duration: 3 hours
Fee: €150 per group for up to 30 people
Entrance Prices not included