This was quite possibly the most enjoyable thing I did the entire time in Italy. For $55 we started off at 9AM and biked around Florence and the hillsides and vineyards of Tuscany. A grueling 14km of biking uphill interupted by a stop at a vineyard where we were shown the making of olive oil and wine. We then sat in the wine cellar which is kept very cool and proceeded to eat lunch that was served by our hosts. We talked to a winemaster who showed us the ropes and then were served two free glasses of wine and a shot of grapa which then was all available for sale afterwards. Absolutely terrific. Then we biked back down the hills and into town. The staff of this biking tour really deserved a lot of credit for their professionalism and entertainment. Be advised that the bike ride is not for the weak.
Equipment: Bring your biking gear such as sweats and good gloves. The bikes, helmet and water bottle are given to you. the water bottle, which has the name of the place on it, is given to you for free.
I took a 4 hour bike tour with a small company that was located just before you cross the Ponte Vecchio. Tour was a 4 hour ride starting on the left bank side of the Ponte Veccho and riding up to Piazzale Michaelangelo and through the nearby hills. We stopped for about 1/2 hour to have some fresh bread, cheese and wine. My tour had about 8 people in it - all were 35 years of age or younger.
Equipment: Modern bikes and helmuts provided.
There is a rowing club right next to the Ponte Vecchio so you have a very scenic rowing location. But it´s a private club so no tourists will get a boat here.... Only a short distance on the Arno can be rowed, as there are two weirs after a few meters in each direction....Maybe that´s why they have such a rowing boat on the jetty!!!
There are various swimming pools in Florence which are very crowded during summer. Here is a link for the most popular ones. During winter pools work on a booked time slot basis.
Well I don't think there's much to add. Rowing into the sunset on the Arno River is something special!
La Fiorentina is Florence's soccer or futbol team and they play there games at the Stadio Artemio Frachi. The soccer season runs from August to May, and home games are played every other Sunday.
Some Florentines will tell you that soccer was invented here. Now, I'm sure this will be disputed by many, but there's no doubt that the locals, like all Italians, have a passion for the game.
If u love Canaoeing then u must not miss this chance. I have seen a lot of people enjoying the time in the river with their canaoes.
Equipment: I have really no idea about it.