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Stand Up Paddleboard through Florence's Countryside and City

Discover the wine, culture, countryside and river rapids from your paddleboards. 3 days. 1 day off work.

Experience the cultural city of Florence and the beautiful countryside around it from a unique perspective. This 3-day journey along the river Sieve takes in rapids, historic villages and the Chianti wine region. A mini adventure with a twist.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days guided SUP
  • 2 nights camping accommodation
  • All meals
  • Experienced guide
  • SUP equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Support vehicle

Perfect for: Adventure lovers looking to experience the historic and cultural city of Florence from a new perspective, with a drop of fine wine thrown in for good measure. No previous experience is required, you just need to be in good health with a sense of fun.

Need To Know

Not included in your adventure:

  • Flights
  • Transport to and from the start and end points
  • Travel insurance

You don’t need any previous experience, you just need to be in good health with basic fitness.

Yes absolutely. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people.

Your local host recommends:

  • Clothes to wear when not on the river
  • A bag to store your items when travelling
  • A waterproof camera
  • Suncream

Equipment provided:

  • Inflatable board
  • Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Lifejacket
  • Leash
  • Drybag
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag on request

Tuscany has a generally mild climate. During the period that trips run, between March and July, temperatures range between 10-30 degrees Celsius. It can still be chilly in March so it is worth packing some warm clothes. Summer months are hot and perfect for paddleboarding.

Rainfall averages around 60 mm a month during the summer months which tend to be drier. Of course, rain is no problem on a paddleboard!

Typical Tuscan food includes meats, vegetables, pasta, cheese and fruits

Yes absolutely, just let your local hosts know once you have booked

You are free to book any flights that fit the start and finish points of the trip.

Start point?
The trip begins at Borgo San Lorenzo station at 08:30 on the first day. Your host will meet you here.

Finish point?
The trip ends in the San Ferdinando area of Florence around mid-afternoon on the final day. From here you are free to depart on your onwards journey.

Getting there and away?
By air: Florence Airport (FLR) is situated only 4 kilometres away from Florence city centre and is easily accessible by bus. There are 17 carriers operating from the airport and serving predominantly European destinations. British Airways and Vueling run a regular service to London airports all year round. There are more flights available in season from British Airways, Vueling and City-Jet to London Birmingham and Edinburgh.

By train: To reach Borgo San Lorenzo station there are regular trains from Florence station. The journey takes approximately an hour.

Children over the age of 14 can join this trip when private dates are booked. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Location

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This adventure takes place in and around the historic Italian city of Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Florence originated as Roman city and then flourished to become the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The city is synonymous with art and culture - many famous artists have called it home.

Florence has some spectacular architecture including some majestic bridges, such as the Ponte Vecchio, that you will be able to see up close from a unique perspective. Other notable landmarks include the impressive Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, built in the gothic style in 1926.

The countryside surrounding Florence inspired Italian painters like Giotto and it is easy to see why. The clean clear waters of the river Sieve are lined on either side by dense woods broken by shingle beaches. The Sieve’s rapids attract water sports enthusiasts from far and wide. They are never too severe but are certainly a challenge when approached on a stand-up paddleboard.

The Tuscany region of Italy is also famous for its wine. The Sieve passes through the Chianti region, well known for both its red and white wines. Along the way, there will be the chance to sample some of the local tipple as well as other fine local produce.

Start point?
The trip begins at Borgo San Lorenzo station at 08:30 on the first day. Your host will meet you here.

Finish point?
The trip ends in the San Ferdinando area of Florence around mid-afternoon on the final day. From here you are free to depart on your onwards journey.

Getting there and away?
By air: Florence Airport (FLR) is situated only 4 kilometres away from Florence city centre and is easily accessible by bus. There are 17 carriers operating from the airport and serving predominantly European destinations. British Airways and Vueling run a regular service to London airports all year round. There are more flights available in season from British Airways, Vueling and City-Jet to London Birmingham and Edinburgh.

By train: To reach Borgo San Lorenzo station there are regular trains from Florence station. The journey takes approximately an hour.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and SUP

The adventure starts when you meet your group and guide in Borgo San Lorenzo. To kick things off, there is a two-hour practice session for new paddleboarders to get comfortable on the board and for experienced paddleboarders to reacquaint themselves.

Soon, it’s time to set off. The first day is an enjoyable paddle assisted by the currents on a calm section of the Sieve river. You’ll pass through dense woodland sections with an almost junglesque atmosphere. The river’s water is clear enough to see fish as they swim by.

The river winds through the Florence countryside, past the hometown of the famous painter Giotto and historic bridges. Finally, you’ll reach the town of Ponte a Vicchio in time to sample some delicious Florentine cuisine.

Day 2: Whitewater SUP

A short transfer from camp gets you to the start of the day’s paddling in Dicomano for 08:00. After finding your feet on day one, the challenge is stepped up a notch as you take on the Sieve river’s rapids.

The rapids on a stand up paddleboard are a great test of balance. Luckily, the clean, clear waters of the river make an appealing swimming spot for anyone caught off guard.

During the day, the river winds through the Chianti region, famous for its wines. There’s a chance to sample a glass of the fine local produce with lunch before paddling the last few kilometres to your camp for the night.

Day 3: Entering Florence by SUP

The last day completes your journey from the countryside to the historic city of Florence. Taking to the water at 08:00 you’ll paddle past some fantastic examples of Florentine riverside architecture.

Soon you will be entering the city itself, and what a way to enter. Your first view is of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral from a perspective only possible from the water. Along the way, there is a brief pause on the green grass beneath Ponte Vecchio and a celebratory drink.

Your journey continues by many of Florence’s famous landmarks, under majestic bridges and past historic buildings. The adventure ends in the bohemian neighbourhood of San Frediano. There’s just time to enjoy a Florentine lunch before bidding a fond farewell to your fellow travellers and guide.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

During this adventure, you will be staying in tents. During the first night, you will be staying at a pleasant campsite with grassy, shaded pitches. There are communal washing and toilet facilities available on the campsite.

The second night you will be wild camping on the river next to the Marina di Candeli rowing and canoe club where you will be able to use the facilities.

Whilst you are paddle boarding, a support vehicle will travel between the campsites and set up camp.

Dates & Prices

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Pre trip accomodation Payable Before Departure
Extra night accommodation before the trip and 2 hour SUP introduction course €40.00 Per Person

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