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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

Florence Walking Tour: Renaissance Secrets and Scandals

Dig deeper into the secret history of Florence on this walking tour through the city's meandering alleys. Listen to your expert guide tell stories from the Renaissance capital's scandalous past, including stops in the Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, and Medici palace. A small group size of no more than 18 people ensures plenty of personal attention from your guide.


  • 2.15-hour historical walking tour of Florence
  • Stroll through central Florence and discover the city’s hidden secrets
  • See the Baptistery, the Bargello (Bargello Palace), the Duomo cathedral and Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Hear shocking tales about scandalous lives of the Renaissance from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want to learn all about the scandals from the Renaissance period in Florence, this is a must-do tour!

What You Can Expect

Florence Walking Tour: Renaissance Secrets and Scandals

Hear stories about scandalous lives of the Renaissance!

Your tour begins in Florence's historic center by Piazza Davanzati. Following your knowledgeable guide, explore hidden side streets and hear stories of this illustrious city's shadowy past, when the world's oldest profession was the backbone of Florence's economy.

Learn how certain street addresses in Florence once distinguished lower-class from upper-class courtesans. Hear about how some of the city's most revered citizens were involved in some of the most sordid events of the Renaissance era. Find out what's behind the seemingly odd names of various streets in the historic center.

Along the way, you'll visit the Piazza del Duomo with its famous bapitstery and bell tower, the Piazza della Repubblica, a palace that was home to the ruling Medici family, and the Bargello. Today, the Bargello is an art museum, but its dark history is that it was once a jail.

You'll find out what strange concoctions Renaissance citizens believed had healing properties and see a well where they once dumped the deceased — a place locals still prefer to avoid!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Klas was fabulous! He was everything you would want in a tour guide: informed, enthusiastic, and a great storyteller. If you are looking for a tour that takes you a bit off the beaten track, with a guide that will keep you thoroughly entertained, you've come to the right place. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour, or to take another with Klas. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was the reason we would come back to Florence. We were introduced to a fuller sense of history and parts of the city we would otherwise never have seen. Our guide was highly knowledgable, insightful and enthusiastic. We should have done this tour on our first day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour is absolutely fantastic - would 100% recommend to all visiting Florence!!!

I took the tour in October 2014 with my mum - a bit of an alternative tour choice for a mother/daughter holiday, but I wanted do to something that would tell us about the "real Florence" and this certainly didn't disappoint.

Our tour guide (whose name I sadly don't have) was absolutely brilliant - incredibly enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable on the history of Florence, the Renaissance period and was able to answer any and every question guests on the tour asked.

The facts were fascinating and you explore loads of places you wouldn't normally come across on standard tours/in guide books.

The tour was one of the best days of our trip to Florence!

Karl S.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

I really recommend this tour to all visitors when in Florence (18+ONLY, Given the Sensitivity of the Tour Content)... The guide (Antonia) gets into the unknown and intimate details of the city as well as the true stories of the most powerful families and icons at that time. The Medici Family, The Riccardi Family, and the one and only: Leonardo Da Vinci. This tour gives you an insight that only an Italian-Historian can offer and NO Visitor could ever know about all these stories, unless he/she is able to take this kind of tour. Without a doubt, this tour is very enhancing and informative....Job Well-Done :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Book this walking tour if you are a history lover. Corinna is an exceptional guide. My wife and I are frequent visitors to the city. We just can't get enough of the fabulous art collections in the Florence museums. But this walking tour is really something else. Corinna makes Renaissance people, artists, noblemen and ordinary folk, come alive in historically accurate anecdotes and cool petty facts. It was a real privilege to have you as our personal guide, Corinna.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

We were fortuned to have a private tour as there was a little miss up in booking. The staff quickly fix the situation and it all worked out. Very Funny Scandals, you will never look at art quite the same way.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Interesting and scandalous. Very impressed that although I was the only one who booked, the tour went ahead - so I had a personal tour through Florence. Angelo presented the history with knowledge and enthusiasm, making the tour enjoyable. If you want a diversion to the usual historical tours, I recommend this. Not sure I swallowed all the information, but amusing diversion to the more factual tours.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

Out of the five tours we booked through Viator during our two week stay in Italy, this was perhaps our least favorite. The subject matter was interesting and we were fully prepared and fine with its R-rated nature. But we felt it could have been presented in a more organized fashion. Overall, a bit confusing and exhausting. By the way, we were the only attendees of this tour, so perhaps it needs to be retooled a bit.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2015

It was terrible. The description of the tour was grossly inaccurate. Instead of shocking tales about scandalous lives it should have state sexual exploits. The entire tour revolved around the sexual life of Florence. There was very little other than the wine/vino doors information given in the tour that I could share with family and friends.

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