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  • Location: Florence, Italy
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Follow the trail of Dan Brown’s 2013 ‘Inferno’ novel on a half-day walking tour, led by an expert local guide! The international bestseller, based on Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy,’ is set in Florence and several city attractions feature in the book’s mysterious plot. Hear stories of the main character, code-cracking Harvard professor Robert Langdon, and visit key sites like Palazzo Vecchio’s secret passageways and the Baptistry of Florence. If you are eager to see more, upgrade to a full-day tour and enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor, too.

Bonus ticket! Both tours also include a combination entrance ticket for independent access to several top Florence attractions after the tour: Opera del Duomo Museum, Crypt of Santa Reparata, Brunelleschi’s Dome and Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Highlights

  • Inferno walking tour of Florence, led by an expert local guide
  • Learn all about the popular Dan Brown Inferno novel, based on Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy
  • Explore the secret passageways of Palazzo Vecchio and see the Hall of Geographical Maps and Dante’s death mask
  • See sights mentioned in the book such as the Gate of Paradise in the Baptistry of Florence
  • Upgrade to a full-day tour to enjoy a skip-the-line Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor tour
  • Use an entrance ticket to visit selected Florence attractions at leisure like Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and more

What You Can Expect

Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour of Florence

See the door of Florence Baptistery!

Meet your guide in central Florence, and then set off on your Inferno tour of the city. In tune with the order of the book, start with a stroll through Piazza della Signoria to visit Palazzo Vecchio – Florence’s impressive 14th-century city hall – and head inside to explore the secret passages and chambers that linked the building to the Vasari Corridor.

During the Renaissance days of the ruling Medici family, the passageways of Palazzo Vecchio and Vasari Corridor were used by the Grand Duke Cosimo I to avoid his Florentine foes; in Inferno, Robert Langdon and his helper, Sienna Brookes, used them to flee from chasing soldiers. Other highlights of the site include the Hall of Geographical Maps and Dante’s Death Mask, a plaster cast mask of the author's face following his death.

Leave Palazzo Vecchio and stroll through town to Florence Duomo, one of the city’s most iconic sites. In front of its main door is the Baptistery of Florence (Battistero di San Giovanni), where Dante is said to have been baptized. Step inside to see the ornate bronze Gate of Paradise that helped Langton solve a few of his mysteries.

If you have more time, upgrade to a full-day tour and follow the footsteps of Langton to the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor. Skip past the lines outside the world-famous Renaissance art gallery and explore. After admiring famous pieces of work, by artists such as Giotto and Botticelli, head to the Vasari Corridor for a stroll. The walls of Florence’s hidden corridor are lined with one of the world's largest portrait collections, and your guide will point out highlights in between telling little-known stories about Inferno's mysterious characters.

If you selected the half-day tour, finish your tour near the start point. Alternatively, if you selected the full-day tour, finish in front of Pitti Palace. Before leaving, your guide will give you an entrance ticket to Opera del Duomo Museum, Crypt of Santa Reparata, Brunelleschi’s Dome (the top of Florence Duomo) and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Just use your ticket on the same day as your Inferno tour and explore the attractions at your own pace.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Barbara Bandinelli, the local tour guide in Florence, was hands down the best guide I have had on a Viator tour. She knows her art and history inside out and makes the day funny, interesting, and a learning experience. She also does a great job of pointing out great women in history and their contributions. Take this tour regardless if you have read the book. There are no spoilers given away, but it does assure you see all the major attractions in Florence except the David, that is not included in this tour and you will learn throughout the day. This was my third trip Florence and the first time I visited Palazzo Vecchio. I kick myself for waiting so long. I visited in early March 2015, so Florence was actually not crowded and quite manageable. My personal opinion is Florence is best experienced off-season. I highly recommend this tour, and if you can ask for Barbara, you are guaranteed a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour guide Angela very knowledgeable and funny.

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