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Sex, Drugs & Renaissance - A Scandalous Florence Walking Tour

Sex, drugs, and Renaissance – Florence as never seen before. Adults only!

Sex, Drugs & Renaissance – A Scandalous Florence Walking Tour

Step back in time to a sordid past woven in hidden alleys on the Renaissance Secrets & Scandals: Florence Unveiled Tour.

Secrets and scandals

We’ll let you in on some of the best-kept (and sleaziest) gossip of old Florence and the Renaissance. We’ve got the tea on some of Florence’s most famous people. Nobody is exempt. We’ll draw back the curtains on Florence’s dirtiest secrets and sexiest scandals.

An absolute first in Florence

Explore the less celebrated, but all the more tantalising, history of scandal and drama during this unique adults-only tour of the city.

Florence unveiled tour

Fame and fortune during the Renaissance inevitably generated numerous scandals, notorious reputations and epic rumours. From the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous to their crimes of passion, hear all the juicy and sordid details behind the dramas that rocked the world of this high society.

Sex and drugs…

Get the scoop behind the shady secrets of the Medici family’s ascent to power. Witness generations of moral bankruptcy, corrupt money handlings, and crooked dealings with pirates. Learn all about the tension between the Pope and the Jewish ghetto. Visit the historic red light district of Florence and a black market brimming with drugs. Opium, Belladonna, and some of the vilest poisons you can imagine, Florence had it all. And we’ll show you the alchemy and witchcraft they sprang from.

…and Renaissance

Walk in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri and visit the hidden district of San Martino. Learn how often political power shifted in Florence’s Golden Age. Visit Florence’s first orphanage. Get up close and personal with some of the most vulgar statues and paintings of the Renaissance. These sometimes cheeky, sometimes outright crude messages are in Florence’s greatest monuments. We’ll take you to Leonardo da Vinci’s old home, where you’ll learn all about the rumors that drove him to self-exile.

 

Tour Details

The finer tour detail:

Areas visited

  • Duomo
  • Palazzo di San Martino
  • Santa Croce
  • Palazzo Medici
  • Santissima Annunziata

Includes

  • Highlights of the private Scandals & Secrets: Florence Unveiled tour include:See Florence in all her glory, the Renaissance city as you’ve never seen her before!
  • Draw back the curtains on the boudoir of this city’s past, where the world’s oldest occupation was its biggest business
  • Hear flabbergasting tales with secret histories from the resplendent to the repulsive
  • Discover how renowned artists fell prey to anonymous betrayals
  • From Popes to peasants, to prominent psychopaths – discover the social, political and religious terrors rising from alchemy, pharmacy and witchery
  • Find out about the shocking (and sometimes vile) potions used to drug, cure, poison and maim
  • Spy the at times cheeky, often crude messages built into Florence’s greatest monuments
  • Pass the sites of massacres, where bodies were tossed into an ancient well still exiting today, and where superstitious locals still fear to step foot
  • The finer details:Length: 2 to 2.5 hours
  • Guided tour

Meeting Point

To be advised after booking

FAQ's

We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

Reviews

4 reviews for Sex, Drugs & Renaissance – A Scandalous Florence Walking Tour

  1. Stuart Lucas

    Very interesting tour showing parts of the city off “the tourist track” we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Excellent

  2. Brad Kolder and Monique Larre

    Great tour! We thoroughly enjoyed all the history, and the gossip. Would highly recommend to others. Thanks!

  3. Jamie Clarck

    Definitely recommend

  4. Kelli McCoy-Williams

    Corinna is amazing!! This is so different than your basic tour- it’s the real life of Florentines! She has so much knowledge, and delivers it in such a func entertaining and totally captivating way! I love the places she walks you to, the details about how the poor lived, how the rich lived, what life was REALLY like for the people that lived here, people we read about and people we never knew existed. I come to Italy twice a year with a new small group, and Corinna’s tour is a staple on my itinerary. I’ve been now 4-5 times- I ALWAYS learn some new, intriguing detail that has us all laughing, or throws us into stunned silence!!! Definitely for an adult group, but that’s perfect! There are places and times where it’s just fine to discuss a few randy details- it’s history and it’s true, and you most likely will never forget what you learn with Corinna! DON’T MISS IT!

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