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.
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.
The finer tour detail:
Palazzo di San Martino
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
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
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.
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