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Florence: Dark Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

68 reviews

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Florence: Dark Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Tour-Tale
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Peel back Florence's shiny veneer and explore its dark history and legends on this guided walking tour. Listen as your guide reveals tales of ghosts, murders, betrayals, and facinating curiosities.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • Uncover the secret histories of murders committed by the powerful Medici family
  • Listen to spine-chilling ghost stories and hear about brutal serial killers
  • Admire stunning works by Brunelleschi, the father of Renaissance architecture
  • Hear about local mysteries and superstitions as you explore ancient streets
  • Pass through the political heart of the city once ruled by the notorious Medici
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Immerse yourself in the macabre side of Florence on this guided walking tour. Hear about local superstitions, conspiracies, saints, and miracles. Find out about the bloody serial killer known as the Monster of Florence and engage with unsettling topics like mysteries and torture.

Meet your guide near the statue of General Fanti in the centrally-located Piazza San Marco. Make your way to the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata where you can admire the design created by Brunelleschi, the father of Renaissance architecture. 

Pass through the colorful Via dei Servi street on your way to marvel at the iconic dome on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Connect with the city's dark past as you walk along old streets like Via del Campanile, Via dello Studio, Via del Corso, Via Santa Margherita, and Via Proconsolo. Admire the Italian Gothic architecture of the Palazzo del Bargello and enter the political heart of the city at Piazza della Signoria. End your tour at the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge.

  • Guide
  • Themed-walking tour
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Look for the guide with a green umbrella near the statue at the center San Marco Square.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Some topics may trigger sensitivities and may not be suitable for those under the age of 18
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4.9 /5

based on 68 reviews

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Chiara - she was brilliant! A Florentine by background, she had such a warmth and passion for the city. She was extremely knowledgeable and had excellent linguistics in English, Italian, and Spanish (for what I could hear!). This walking tour is a must addition to an art walking tour - loved it!

August 16, 2022

This tour is a tips based tour which means that you pay what you feel the tour is worth. Even though there were a lot of people on the English tourband that there were a lot of tourists everywhere (August is the high season), we were able to follow the tour without problems and our guide Chiara was very good and very knowledgeable. The only thing I should mention is that the title is a bit misleading as there aren't that many dark secrets and legends. This is a historical walking tour of Florence and you will learn a few things about buildings and places in the center of Florence.

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August 16, 2022

This is the tour that gives you the "other" side of the history of Florence, honestly this is a great tour full of interesting information about Florence , it is almost like Florence Trivia!:) fun and well narrated. After the tour I realized how much I did not know about Florence both past and present. Really well done!!

August 15, 2022

Product ID: 414632