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

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Discover the sights and stories of medieval Florence – a time of scandal and intrigue – and see the city’s showstopping attractions alongside lesser-known ‘palazzos’ on a 2-hour evening walking tour. Hear of the Medici family dynasty who ruled the city for centuries and learn of the fierce political rivalries and love stories that set medieval tongues wagging. Your tour includes sites like Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, as well as the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Signoria, before finishing up at one of the city’s best gelaterias!

Highlights

  • 2-hour medieval Florence walking tour, led by an expert local guide
  • Hear about the city in the Medieval ages
  • Learn about the Medici family who ruled Florence for over 300 years
  • See the sites of medieval scandal like Palazzo di Bianca Cappello and Palazzo Strozzi
  • Discover lesser-known details about top Florence attractions like the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery
  • Finish your tour with a gelato stop at one of the city’s leading gelaterias

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What You Can Expect

Medieval Florence Evening Walking Tour

Enjoy Florence by night!

Meet your guide in the center of town and set off on a walking tour, learning about the city in medieval times – the era that shaped Florence and laid the foundations for its golden age Renaissance. An affluent time for the city, the Medieval ages, saw Florence as one of Europe’s leading commercial centers; but with its wealth came power struggles and cut-throat business dealings, which in turn led to it becoming one of the city’s (arguably) most interesting times.

As you walk around the cobbled streets and piazzas with your guide, hear of the scandals that stigmatized the city during the Middle Ages, and of the Medici family around whom the scandals invariably centered. See Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, built by the Grand Duke Cosimo Medici for his mistress, and hear about the couple’s mysterious deaths – brought to light only recently through the use of modern technology.

Pass Palazzo Strozzi, a majestic building created from rusticated stone, and learn how it was built for one of the main rivals of the Medicis – the Strozzi family. Continue strolling along Florentine streets etched with history and see Palazzo di Parte Guelfa, a lavish palace that another political rival – the Guelph family – made their headquarters.

Alongside the sights of medieval Florence, your tour also takes in some of Florence’s A-list attractions. Walk from Piazza Signoria (the hub of medieval Florence), passing the Uffizi Gallery and then marvel at the nighttime reflections of the River Arno from the Ponte Vecchio – Florence’s iconic bridge. As you admire the sights, your guide will regale you with some of the lesser-known stories about them, leaving you snippets of intrigue about this oh-so-charismatic city.

Stop at one of the city’s leading gelaterias, and after choosing from a wide selection of flavors, finish your night just as the Florentines do – strolling through the romantic streets with a refreshing gelato. Your tour ends at Ponte Santa Trinità in the center of town.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had a wonderful time walking the city of Florence with Helma at the end of our 1st day in Firenze. The tour focused on the history and stories of Florence, focusing on buildings, and architecture, monuments and art, as well as fascinating people and what they did in that city. The tour was a couple of hours on your feet at the end of the day, so folks with museum feet should take that into consideration. We started at the Palazzo Strozzi and wound our way through the city, over the Ponte Vecchio, and past the Palazzo
Pitti. One point, the stories were more focused on Renaissance Flirenze rather than Medieval Firenze, but those were likely more interesting times. All in all a wonderful night, topped off with terrific gelato at a gelaterria south of the Arno.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had a great time on this tour and our guide, Angelo was very knowledgeable about Florence. We covered a lot of distance in the 3 hrs., but there were times to stop and sit. The Gelateria where we ended the tour was amazing!

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