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Address: Florence, Italy

Located on the city's left bank, this neighborhood preserves the past.

Located on the city's left bank, this neighborhood preserves the past.

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Beautifully peaceful places in Florence.

The Centro is of course a very busy place. But on the Oltrarno, you can hear your own footsteps in quiet, beautiful streets. You have to go a few blocks away from the Arno but... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2016
Utica, New York
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I would not recommend that you specifically seek out this place. But if you are going to Pizzale Michelangelo or some other place across the river, you would do well to get into the narrow lanes of this quiet and quaint place. Our guide on the Tuscany trip told us that this is the hangout for locals. We saw a... More 

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Utica, New York
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

The Centro is of course a very busy place. But on the Oltrarno, you can hear your own footsteps in quiet, beautiful streets. You have to go a few blocks away from the Arno but soon you will find places where you can just enjoy the exploration without a lot of tourists. There are real people here, especially the craftspeople... More 

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Waterford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Seems strange to attempt a review of an entire area of a city, but on an incredibly crowded Sunday in late October, struggling through the crowd on the Ponte Vecchio was worth the effort, turning right to escape the throng headed towards the Pitti Palace, and actually be able to stroll through neighborhoods without many people, where people actually live... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

...that we would probably stay here next time. Full of character and not as expensive as the main palazzo Vecchio area. Great vibe, a bit boho, loved it

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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Helen escorted us through the artisan workshops on the Southern bank of the Arno. The tour visited a print maker, a fine metal worker and a jeweller and finished with a cocktail and nibbles in town. The pace was excellent and the artisans were friendly and carefully explained their craft. Helen put the tour in a historical and artistic context... More 

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Putting some distance between the craziness playing out on the Ponte Vecchio, cross the bridge, go for a walk. There are some pretty interesting sites here: Pitti Palace, a small 1901 Lutheran Church (probably the only one we've seen thus far in all of Italy), forts, other historic churches, and really nice scenery. It is a pleasant walk along the... More 

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Oltrarno, the quarter "on the other side" of the Arno is a lovely more quiet district than some other parts of central Florence and provides a nice contrast. Spirito Square is a nice central square hosting a number of restaurants, one at which we dined one night before seeing an Italian Opera (see TA "Italian Opera in Santa Monaca Church")... More 

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Reviewed 10 June 2016

This is a quiet and interesting area of Florence. I recommend going there to learn about restoration of artworks. It is so different than your usual tourist attractions. Educational, enjoyable and I recommend a visit to this area very highly.Great yet peaceful place to go.

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Reviewed 7 June 2016

Artisans in bronze, leather..you name it! We walked up to the top of the old city wall (6th version from about 1300). The highlight was a chance for me to use my limited Italian language skills in "Bar Patrara." Lots of locals, and some good food and some wine for lunch. Hubby had carpaccio of salmon, and I had my... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Oltrano neighbourhood is the quiet less touristy side of the city of Florence. Located across the Arno river, this side of Florence is peace and tranquil and shows how the 'real' life in Florence is

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San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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