Florence Walking Tour: Renaissance Secrets and Scandals
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!
- Local guide
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Welcome drink
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 18 years
- Comfortable shoes are recommended
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
I took this tour 2 years ago and I still remember it like yesterday. The guide was fantastic, it was tiring but well worth the effort. The highlights for me were seeing the markers of where Da Vinci had his atelier, where Michelangelo grew up, and where Dante Aligheri use to hear mass! - it still exists! Then there were the gossips of Da Vinci's jealousy over Michelangelo and other hi lights about the Medici's.
Klas was fabulous! He was everything you would want in a tour guide: informed, enthusiastic, and a great storyteller. If you are looking for a tour that takes you a bit off the beaten track, with a guide that will keep you thoroughly entertained, you've come to the right place. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour, or to take another with Klas. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.
This tour was the reason we would come back to Florence. We were introduced to a fuller sense of history and parts of the city we would otherwise never have seen. Our guide was highly knowledgable, insightful and enthusiastic. We should have done this tour on our first day!