Sex, Drugs & Renaissance - A Florence Tour

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

Start with a welcome glass of prosecco and then 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


  • Welcome glass of prosecco
  • 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: 2.5 hours
  • Guided tour

Meeting point

  • In our office on Via dei Sassetti 1

Meeting Point

ArtViva Office in Florence
Via dei Sassetti, 1, Firenze, FI, Italia


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4 reviews for Sex, Drugs & Renaissance – A Florence 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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