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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)
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 August 2015

Our guide was very good. He had worked at Pompeii and was very knowledgeable from a history perspective which was important to my husband the history buff. Ending the evening with gelato was the perfect ending to a wonderful tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a delightful tour. Engaging, fun, and a great way to spend the evening strolling through Florence. Would recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Best tour I have had in Italy. Having only hosted the tour a few times, our guide was animated, well informed and very engaging. She made it come alive and kept us guessing as to what the outcomes would be... at the next stop. The gelato was good too. Take it, you will have fun and learn some interesting things.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is highly recommended for people of all ages. It doesn't cover a lot of ground, but the tour guide was superb, and his story telling was brilliant, really giving you an idea of how things used to be. As an added bonus, it finishes at the best IMHO gelateria in Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is highly recommended for people of all ages. It doesn't cover a lot of ground, but the tour guide was superb, and his story telling was brilliant, really giving you an idea of how things used to be. As an added bonus, it finishes at the best IMHO gelateria in Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Interesting tour, good guides and very interesting content

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Angelo was the best tour guide I've ever had! Quite funny and entertaining, he walked through the darker history of Florence from the Medici to WW II. Thank you Angelo for making our trip, one we will remember always.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

An informative, atmospheric introduction to Florence. The guide really painted a picture of the history and people that shaped the city. Finishing with the most delicious ice cream I've ever tasted was a lovely bonus. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

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