The dark heart of Renaissance: a mysterious and exciting walking Tour in Florence


2 hours

No tickets scheduled for this tour

Visited Sites / Artists

  • Piazza Pitti
  • Bianca Cappello’s Palace
  • Mediaeval neighbourhood
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Piazza della Signoria

(All the buildings will be visited from the outside)

Access for disabled

A private guided itinerary to discover lust and blood in the cradle of the Renaissance  

Florence, celebrated in the world for its Renaissance splendour, hides a widely unknown dark past, a forbidden side that made it famous among the unrepentant sinners of the 15th century. In addition to forbidden and lustful love affairs, the city was also the location of terrible murders, harrowing torture, and horrifying death sentences

A two-hour private walking guided tour in Florence with our local expert will take you back to the darkest moments of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, allowing you to enjoy the main sights of Florence, from Piazza Pitti to Piazza Signoria, and discover less known treasures. And you will hear that even the present has many sad stories to be told.

The last one: Gian Gastone de Medici

Our walking tour in the dark heart of the city will cover these uncertain paths, starting from Piazza Pitti, in front of what was once the city palace of the Medici family. This is where Gian Gastone, the last heir to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, spent his days in complete libertarianism, indulging in vices that led to his death.

Mysterious Deaths in Renaissance Florence

We will then proceed with our walking Tour in Florence towards the Palazzo of Bianca Cappello. A few steps away from Palazzo Pitti, the Grand Duke Francesco I de Medici built an easily distinguishable mansion for his beautiful and tormented mistress, the Venetian lady Bianca Cappello. Did the love story have a happy ending? Certainly not. Your private guide will tell you all the details of their mysterious demise. 

How to kill a Medici: the Pazzi plot

Once we come to Santa Trinita, the location of stories relating to the most influential families of the city, we shall enter the dark alleys of medieval Florence to reach an absolute highlight: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Could you believe that even the main church of Florence, its Duomo, was once the stage to the most brutal conspiracy of the Renaissance? We have already mentioned that the Medici were the rulers of Florence in the 15th century. Do you really believe that everyone in town agreed with that? Your expert guide knows how to answer all these questions, narrating the inconceivable story of the Pazzi family and the plot they organised inside the Cathedral of Florence.

From dark Renaissance to darker present

The 20th century has its dreadful events too. During the 1980s, the city was the place where the first Italian serial killer, known as “The Monster of Florence,” operated. 

And in 1993, a terrible attack by the Mafia at the Uffizi shocked the population. 

Sad stories, closer to us in time and space, will show you a less known side of the cradle of the Renaissance.

Our guided tour of the dark heart of Florence will end in Piazza della Signoria, the political centre of the city and a beautiful backdrop for blood-drenched episodes.

Other tours

A guided visit to the Uffizi Museum is an unforgettable experience in Florence. Entrust an expert private guide to lead you through this journey into the world of Italian art spanning four centuries, from the 13th to the 17th century, while unraveling the history of the city's most important museum.
This is your perfect private Florence walking tour! Delve into the city's iconic landmarks, including Michelangelo’s David, the Cathedral’s square and the old bridge, and uncover hidden gems during this three-hour experience, all while enjoying the company of a knowledgeable local expert. Have specific preferences for the itinerary? Let us know, and we'll create a customized walking tour just for you!
Are you someone who doesn't necessarily associate holidays with rest? Are you a curious one, always seeking out the hidden gems of the cities you visit? If so, our Florence off the beaten path tour is perfect for you! A three-hour walk to explore Oltrarno and admire Florence from above.
Medici Family Tour - San Lorenzo Basilica
A captivating three-hour private guided walking tour, which includes a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, to unravel the intricate history of the Medici family marked by dramatic ascents and ruinous falls. Within this epic family saga, virtuous characters clash with unrepentant sinners, intertwining their destinies with that of an entire city.
A three hours private guided tour of Florence exploring international fashion and skilled artisan. A walk that will lead you to Gucci and Ferragamo’s museums, to renowned shops and unexpected workshops and will give you time to shop if you wish!
Palazzo Pitti, boasting three floors adorned with paintings, statues, opulent furniture, and precious art objects, stands as Florence's largest historic building. With your private guide ensure a two-and-a-half-hour exploration that delves into the mesmerizing interiors of the Medici family’s most opulent residence. After the guided visit, relax in the renowned Boboli Garden!