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On this exciting night-time walking tour, you’ll discover another older darker side of Florence and hear tales they don’t tell on other tours. Tragic love, cold-blooded murder and family feuds are the stuff of powerful legends and intriguing mysteries linked with many famous city landmarks.
Listen with rapt attention as your guide describes sordid details of the Florence of the Middle Ages, when cut-throat business (literally) was the name of the game, and protecting your tower home from intruders meant keeping a cauldron of oil always on the boil.
Under cover of darkness visit places like Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi, and Palazzo di Parte Guelfa that formed the backdrop to murder and mayhem, passion and politics.
Hear about the attempted assassination of the Medici heirs (in a church no less) and the scandals that set medieval Florentine tongues wagging. See the Palazzo Bianca Cappello, built for the beautiful mistress of Francesco de’ Medici (to the fury of his wife!).
But it’s not all treachery and treason. This tour has a sweet side too. You’ll enjoy a delicious gelato at a gelateria known for its delicious, homemade ice cream!
01 Apr 19 - 27 Oct 19: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & SaturdayDuration
2 hoursStart time
In front of the Louis Vuitton store in Piazza degli Strozzi.
So there's no rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
This tour ends at Ponte Santa Trinità
Your After Dark Walking Tour of Florence begins when you meet your guide in front of the Louis Vuitton store in Piazza degli Strozzi. For 2 hours, you’ll be enthralled by tales of an older, darker side of a city famed for its beautiful architecture and artwork. All buildings will be viewed from the outside.
You’ll see the Palazzo Strozzi, the palace that was to have been the home of Filippo Strozzi the Elder, a rival of the Medici who wanted a magnificent palace to assert his family's continued prominence and, perhaps more important, make a political statement of his own status. Unfortunately, Filippo died in 1491, long before the palace was completed in 1538. Duke Cosimo I de' Medici confiscated it in the same year, not returning it to the Strozzi family until 30 years later.
At the Palazzo di Parte Guelfa, you’ll learn about the bloody feuds between the Guelph Party, which was pro-papal, and the Ghibellines, who were pro-imperial.
You’ll learn all the gossip about the ill-fated Bianca Cappello, mistress of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Francesco built the Palazzo di Bianca Cappello for her, scandalizing Florence and enraging his wife. He eventually married Bianca after the death of his wife. In 1857, at the Villa Medici in Poggio a Caiano, Francesco and Bianca died on the same day, possibly poisoned by arsenic, or as some historians believe, from malarial fever.
Other famous Florence landmarks on your route include Piazza della Signoria, which played a key role in the history of the Florentine Republic, the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world, the vast Palazzo Pitti on the south bank of the Arno and the famous Ponte Vecchio, a bridge which has existed in various forms since 996.
After tales of treachery and treason, your tour will conclude on a sweet note with a stop at one of Florence’s best gelaterias, for a gelato of your choice.
Your tour ends around 9:45pm Ponte Santa Trinità. After this you will need to make your own arrangements to return to your accommodation.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Please arrive at the meeting point at 7:30pm, so that the group can move off promptly at 7:45pm.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
A good way to know the history of the city & the turbulent times thru which the city & it's people went thru...Ajay Dularey, India, 22/Oct/2016
The information given and the historical context in which it was delivered was top notch. I can honestly say our Guide was the best that we have ever had on Any tour throughout...maria c montagner, United States, 05/May/2016
very informative and full of hidden hints about florence dont miss this tour and there is a surprise at the end a gelato...ayhan gedik, Turkey, 03/Apr/2014