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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:Varies
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

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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 September 2015

Our tour guide, Vanessa, was great! We did both segments of the tour, morning and afternoon and I'm glad we did. We learned so much and had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A must for Dan Brown's fans

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Mario was great! Both his knowledge and the extras he shared made it an historic adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Giulia was great. We took this tour because it toured most of the buildings we wanted to see. The Inferno was a nice twist on the tour. Giulia's tour was informative as well as fun. The group was only 6 people and perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

if you are a Dan Brown fan, you will love this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We loved this tour! My husband and I had both read the book and we took our two kids 9 and 14 with us. Our tour guide, Vanessa, was awesome!! She knew the plot of the book very well and was really animated in the way she retold the story as we retraced the steps of Robert Langdon. Our ticket came with access and a private tour of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Baptistry and a pass to climb the bell tower of the Duomo.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Brilliant insight of the route Robert Langdon took, albeit backwards!!
We saw places you would never have noticed if you tried to do this yourself. The Vasari corridor was fascinating for me having never saw it on my last visit to Florence, highly recommended for any Dan a Brown fans.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Vanessa, our tour guide, was excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Unfortunately, I did not clearly read that this tour was in two parts. We did the morning tour with Barbara who was an amazing tour guide. Barbara was very knowledgeable and we were lucky there were only 4 of us on this tour so we got to ask questions and take photographs. Of course, we were not signed up for the afternoon tour, so we missed the Vasari Corridor and the Ufizzi.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide Vanassa, was extremely energetic and engaging and it a great tour, even for my wife, who had never read the book.

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