Start with a welcome glass of prosecco and then step back in time and discover a sordid past woven throughout hidden alleyways and secluded side-streets, along with some of the best-kept (and sleaziest) gossip of old Florence and the Renaissance. Our expert guides will dish out the dirtiest secrets and sexiest scandals of some of the most famous historical figures and influential individuals. From popes to peasants to prominent psychopaths, we’ll draw back the curtains on the boudoir of Florence’s past.
Get the scoop behind the shady secrets of the Medici family’s ascent to power, as we take you through generations of moral bankruptcy, corrupt money handlings, and crooked dealings with pirates off the coast of southern Italy. We’ll cover the mounting tension between the Pope and the Jewish ghetto, to political shifts of power in the Golden Age of Florence. We’ll transport you to public brothels and the historic red light district of Florence, to a black market brimming with drugs, from Opium to Belladonna to some of the most vile concoctions you can imagine—and the alchemy and witchcraft they sprang from. Walk in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri, past his home and church, and into the hidden off-the-beaten-path district of San Martino. Visit Florence’s first orphanages and get up close with some of the most vulgar statues and paintings of the Renaissance, and the sometimes cheeky, sometimes outright crude messages built into Florence’s greatest monuments. We’ll take you to the old home of none other than Leonardo da Vinci, where you’ll learn all about the rumors that drove him to self-exile. This is Florence exposed.
Due to new security measures at the Duomo, all visitors must go through a metal detector for security check. Being a new system, there is only one entry and limited security personnel, as such the lines can be quite long. In case of very long
In Italy, tipping is not as common in restaurants as it is in North America. You will sometimes see on your bill that a “coperto” or service fee is already included...