Dark Heart of Florence - Walking Tour of Florence by Night

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When the sun sets on Florence, another side of the city comes to life. Hear the intertwined tragic love stories and gruesome family feuds, and learn about a much older and more captivating view of Florence in this night tour. With your expert guide, relive the darker side of Florence during the Medieval Ages, full of treachery and betrayal, cutthroat businesses, dark winding alleys, and sordid stories. Learn about the scandals and legends that infused Medieval Florence with dark grandeur.


Night Tours in Florence
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In front of the Louis Vuitton store in Piazza degli Strozzi
2 hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:45 PM
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Many visitors to Florence are dazzled by its beautiful architecture and artwork. Wandering the halls of the Uffizi and gazing on Michelangelo's David, it is hard to imagine the scandal and violence that characterized Florence before the Renaissance. On this night walking tour we peel back the layers to uncover an older, darker side of the city, telling you the legends and mysteries that shed new light on some of the city's most important sites.

Our tour reveals sordid tales of the true Florence of the Medieval Ages, when cutthroat business (sometimes literal) was the name of the game, and protecting your tower home from intruders meant keeping a cauldron of oil always on the boil. It was a time when streets deemed too dark were closed as a matter of public safety and traitors were burned, their bodies hung out in public as a warning to all. Hear about the series of events that led to the attempted assassination of the Medici heirs (in a church no less!) and the love stories that set medieval Florentine tongues wagging.

For two hours, your expert English-speaking guide will lead you around the city of Florence, uncovering the history hidden behind stone walls. You will see Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, a palace built by the Grand Duke for his mistress, and discover the cause of their mysterious deaths, only recently brought to light through the use of modern technology. With Piazza Signoria and Ponte Vecchio on our route, you will see some of the most famous sites of Florence, although the stories you hear there and the details you notice will be a lot less well known.

It is not all treachery and treason though. We will end our tour on a sweet note with a stop at one of Florences best gelaterias, for a gelato of your choice.

Traveling in small groups of 25 people or less, your guide will be easy to interact with and your group small enough to navigate the streets and piazzas of Florence without disturbing the peace.

Join us on this original night walking tour and experience the city as you would never have seen it otherwise. Florence as it was before the Renaissance, a defensive city of tragic love stories, fatal pride and feuding families.


  • Palazzo Strozzi

  • Palazzo di Parte Guelfa

  • Piazza della Signoria

  • Galleria degli Uffizi

  • Ponte Vecchio

  • Palazzo Pitti

  • Palazzo di Bianca Cappello

  • Gelateria


  • Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • Headsets where necessary

  • Gelato (one per person)


  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Please Note

  • Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with 25 guests or less.

  • Tour ends at Ponte Santa Trinità.

  • 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.

  • Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.

  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour.

  • This tour is operated in English only.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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