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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
Get a revealing look at the hidden history of Florence as you stroll down its alleyways on a two hours and fifteen minutes guided walking tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide on foot to the famous piazzas in the city center, including the Piazza della Reppublica and Piazza del Duomo. You’ll hear tales from the Renaissance city’s murky past—one scandal at a time! Enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 18 people.

Highlights

  • 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!

Meet your guide near Piazza Davanzati in central Florence and begin your entertaining small-group tour through the city streets. While you walk down hidden alleyways, learn about the city's sordid past, when the world’s oldest occupation was the city’s biggest business.

Your guide will uncover aspects of the city you don’t normally hear about, such as how certain streets segregated the lower-class prostitutes from the upper middle–class courtesans. Learn about the socially accepted behaviors of political figures, popes and peasants in some of the most scandalous events of the Renaissance

Discover how some of the city’s strange street names came about on your way to the public squares found throughout central Florence, such as the famous Piazza della Reppublica. At the Piazza del Duomo, walk past the octagonal Baptistery of St John, which stands across from the Duomo cathedral and the Giotto bell tower (Campanile di Giotto). You’ll view the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, a Renaissance palace, and the Bargello—a former barracks and prison housed in the oldest public building in Florence.

Along the way, your guide reveals the weird, and often wretched, mixtures that passed for medicines during the Renaissance, and shows you where to find (good!) elixirs for sale today. Visit an ancient well where bodies were discarded. Many locals still fear to tread near the massacre site today!

Customer Reviews

Erik
Belgium

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.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2014

Beware!!!! This tour is really about Renaissance SEX AND DRUGS once you get on site. The write up on Viator does not tell you any of this and the your can be quite inappropriate if you have younger teens with you or sensitives in your group. They should be honest about the topic!!!!!!

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