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What you should know about Oltrarno

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If you want to see the authentic side of Florence, Oltrarno is the place to be. The name means "on the other side of the Arno", and true to its name, this area is located south of the River Arno. There is a great deal of history here, but Oltrarno has become fashionable for travelers interested in tourist sights and entertainment and have been drawn to the area. You'll find charming, quiet streets that are perfect for exploring the local neighborhoods, ancient churches, top-rated museums, and local cafes. Many artists and craftspeople make their homes in Oltrarno, and sell their wares to the public, while the Piazzele Michelangelo offers you some of the most stunning views of Florence. Hotels in Oltrarno, Florence are easy to find on Hotels.com using our simple search feature. You'll see a list of the accommodations available when you plan to visit, and Hotels.com gives you all of the information you need to choose your favorite.

What's Oltrarno, Florence Like?

History buffs will enjoy visiting Oltrarna because some areas seem unchanged from the Middle Ages. There are numerous historic sites and monuments, including the Brancacci Chapel, whose colorful frescoes were lovingly created in the 15th century. The 11-acre Boboli Gardens, first laid out in the 16th century, is a formal garden adorned with sculptures and an interesting grotto. Palazzo Pitti, built during the Renaissance, is home to the Palatine Gallery, which houses over 500 paintings. To find Florence's artisans, head over to the area around Piazza di Santo Spirito, where you can buy everything from handmade paper to custom shoes. In the shops around the Piazza, you'll find glass from Murano, artwork, and locally-made jewelry, and tourists will enjoy watching the artisans make their creations.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Oltrarno, Florence

There are several walking tours of the Oltrarna area, hosted by English-speaking guides, to inform you of the history and mystery of the area. The guides are good people to ask when you need recommendations for things to do or places to eat. Since Oltrarno is on the slower, less tourist-driven side of the river, people there appreciate your business and aim to please. Dress more modestly when entering the churches, and try to learn a smattering of Italian to win the approval of the locals. Once you've decided on the hotel in Oltrarno you'd like to book, make your reservations directly on Hotels.com. It's fast, easy, and convenient to get the room you want using Hotels.com's connections and experience.

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