Many visitors to Florence are dazzled by its beautiful architecture and artwork. Wandering around its galleries and museums, it’s hard to imagine the scandal and violence that characterized Florence before the Renaissance. On this Florence walking tour we see the city in a new light, peeling back the layers to uncover an older, darker side of this Medieval city. Join us on this original night tour and hear the legends and mysteries that bring to life some of the city’s most important sights.
Our original Florence walking tour reveals sordid tales of the true Florence of the Middle Ages, when cutthroat business was the name of the game, and protecting your tower home from intruders meant keeping a cauldron of oil always on the boil. It was a time when streets deemed “too dark” were closed as a matter of public safety and traitors were burned, their bodies hung out in public as a warning to all.
For two hours your expert, English-speaking guide will lead you around the city of Florence by night, uncovering the history hidden behind the stone walls. You’ll see Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, a palace built by the Grand Duke for his mistress, and discover the cause of their mysterious deaths, only recently brought to light through the use of modern technology.
With Piazza Signoria and Ponte Vecchio on our route, you’ll see some of the most famous sights in Florence – although the stories you hear about them and the details that are pointed out will be a lot less well-known. It’s not all treachery and treason though. We’ll end our tour on a sweet note with a stop at one of Florence’s best gelaterias, for a gelato of your choice.
Traveling in small groups, your guide will be easy to interact with and your group small enough to navigate the streets and piazzas of Florence without disturbing the peace.
Join us on this original night walking tour and experience the city as you would never have seen it otherwise. Florence as it was before the Renaissance – a city of tragic love stories, fatal pride and feuding families.
Alternatively, check out the rest of our Florence Tours.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
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