Traditionally an artisans' district, the Oltrarno is still home to plenty of small workshops. The Oltrarno is less tourist-centred here tahn in the zone immediately across the water, and though the bars and restaurants around Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza del Carmine and Piazza Pitti.
The busy piazza in front os Santo Spirito church, with its cafés and restaurants, show the genuine Florentine character of this part of the Oltrarno, an area not compromised by the tourism yet.
Oltrarno is famous also for Bardini garden and museum, the medieval church of San Niccolò, all of which can be visited as part of the walk up hill to San Miniato al Monte, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy.
Close by lies the Giardino di Boboli, Italy's most visited garden, a leafy retreat from the sightseeing.