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Dark Heart of Florence, Ghosts & Mysteries Night Tour

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4.94
Out of 172 Reviews
  • Duration
    2 h.
  • Start time
    19:45
  • Meeting Point
    Piazza degli Strozzi (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
    English
Beneath its shining Renaissance surface is medieval Florence. Our expert guide’s stories take you back to these dark times of constant war with invaders and between feuding families as you explore their reminders.

Fun, outgoing and friendly!

Elena

Tour Highlights

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Gelato in a traditional Florence gelateria
Fountain of Neptune Piazza Signoria Florence by Night

Hear the Stories They Don’t Tell You on Other Tours

Our Florence night tour is led by an expert, English-speaking storyteller. They’ll tell you the stories you won’t hear on other tours, recalling ill-fated love stories, conspiracy theories and ancient family feuds.

Piazza Signoria by Night

Explore Medieval Florence

Most tours of Florence focus on the Renaissance. Our Florence Night Tour tells you about a darker period in Florentine history, a time when homes were fiercely protected with pots of boiling oil.

Ponte Vecchio by Night

See the Most Famous Sites of the City in a New Light

Exploring the city under the cover of darkness, you’ll see famous sites like the Ponte Vecchio bridge and Piazza Signoria in a new light.

Description

Discover a darker side of Florence on our original storytelling tour, exploring the city under the cover of darkness and unearthing the mysteries and legends that lurk beneath its Renaissance splendor. For two hours our expert, English-speaking storytellers will take you on an exploration of a side to Florence rarely seen by visitors. A time before Michelangelo and Botticelli, before Il Duomo dominated the skyline, when the city was under almost constant siege from invading armies and from warring families within its own walls.

Our Florence Night Tour takes a look into Medieval Florence, leading you around some of the city’s most iconic sights and some areas you might have overlooked before. We’ll visit the Ponte Vecchio bridge and Piazza Signoria, telling tales that are worlds away from those you’ll hear from architects and art historians.

At Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, you’ll hear one of Florence’s most fascinating love stories about a Grand Duke who decked out a palace for his mistress and built a tunnel directly to his own home. The cause of their untimely deaths has only recently come to light with the help of modern science so you’ll get the full story from our expert guide.

As you venture through the streets of Florence your guide will point out alleys that were once deemed “too dark” and closed as a matter of public safety (a measure you’ll appreciate when you learn about what happened in the dark alleyways of Medieval Florence). You’ll hear about the family feuds that set Florence on edge such as the battle to the end fought by two brothers. Your guide will point out tall buildings that would once have held pots of boiling oil on their roofs for defense against invading neighbors and public spaces where traitors and those accused of treason were burned, their bodies hung out in public for all to see.

Our Florence Night Tour presents a less glossy image of the city, with tales and legends never told in the corridors of the Accademia, Uffizi or Duomo. And with an expert local storyteller to lead your adventure, you’ll come away with a chilling vision of what this beautiful city was like in the dark years before the light of the Renaissance.

To take the edge off, we’ll finish our tour with a stop at a local gelateria for your choice of Florence’s famous gelato. Take some time to mull over all you’ve heard and quiz your guide a little more on the history of Florence. On this no-holds-barred tour we leave no stone unturned.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Gelato (one per person)

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

FAQs

  • When can I cancel a booking?

    On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.

  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

Dark Heart of Florence, Ghosts & Mysteries Night Tour Reviews

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Made the city...

Made the city.comenalive, and shared some fun historical, gossipy tidbits of the city. Perfect for a new arrival.

Valentina was fantastic!...

Valentina was fantastic! She really made the history of Florence come to life. She had a great story-telling style that really grabbed everyone's attention and made us want to find out what happened next. I had already gone on several daytime tours of Florence, but Valentina opened up a whole new side of the city for me.

Very knowledgeable...

Very knowledgeable. Great information not normally noted in regular tours. Unique experience.

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