The area hosts a large section of the city’s historical center wich used to be enclosed within the imposing city defensive walls. Three entrances along the city walls remain today as monuments to document the walls existance (Porta Romana, Porta San Frediano and Porta San Niccolò) with a few sepments of the walls themselves present, the only ones still standing along the entire perimeter that used to encircle Florence.
The Oltrarno is the part of the old town still heavily populated by the Florentines, the truest and most authentic, which is now home to numerous craft shops especially for wood restoration, art studios, antique shops, small markets with sales direct fruits and vegetables in some historic squares ( Piazza de' Nerli, Piazza Santo Spirito) .
Here there are also many trendy places for young people, where you do most of the nightlife in Florence.
Numerous wine bars, small “trattorie” and elegant restaurants also make it a popular destination for both residents and visitors taying all over the city. There are options for various tastes (authentic Tuscan food, vegetarian & organic food, ethnic food etc…) and for all budgets at almost every corner, where you’ll find many locals to show the real air of this area of the historical center, wich is still far from the main hordes of tourists that arrive into Florence.
For its particular urban setting, the Oltrarno is the ideal starting point from wich to discover the beautiful hills around Florence and for trips into the nearby Chianti, Siena and Tuscan countryside, all easily reached by car, train or buses.
The main monuments are within walking distance : Santa Maria del Carmine and the famous Brancacci Chapel with frescoes by Masaccio are just a 10 minute walk; the beautiful Piazza Santo Spirito, Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens are about at 15 min walk and more or less takes the same time to get to the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. The Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower are within 20 minutes, and you can comfortably reach in a few minutes by bus.
The Palagetto is also located about 10 min. walk from the new Opera Theatre of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a pride of our town opened in March 2014.