The dark side of Florence - Mysteries and Legends

Badge of ExcellenceFirenze, Italy
Renaissance Tales Ticket for Walking Tour

From $3.24

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Go beyond the boring group walking tours and head straight for the good stuff: the dark side. On this walking tour, you’ll meet up with your local guide and explore Florence’s lurid past, hearing tales of ghosts, scandalous murders, wild betrayals, and strange curiosities, all connected to gorgeous spots around the city. No guidebooks here—and yet every story will be 100% true.
  • Easy meetup with your guide at Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
  • See the Piazza del Duomo, Via del Campanile, Piazza della Signoria, and so much more
  • Learn wild, strange, and dark tales behind some of the city's most iconic sites
  • Get access to a local guide for insider knowledge, tips, and more

What's Included

  • Licensed Guide
  • Tips - Pay what you want to reward your tour guide's effort -
  • Some people tip from 10€ to 50
  • Entry/Admission - Chiesa di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Chiesa di Santissima Annunziata
  • Entry/Admission - Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Entry/Admission - Gallerie Degli Uffizi
  • Entry/Admission - Palazzo Vecchio

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
    Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Firenze FI, Italy

    Meeting point : Equestrian Monument of Ferdinando I (Right in the center of the square) Look for our GREEN UMBRELLAS

Start time

07:15 PM

End point

  • Ponte Vecchio
    Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

What To Expect

Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Via dei Servi

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Piazza del Duomo

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Via del Campanile

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Museo Nazionale del Bargello

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Piazza della Signoria

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Via dei Georgofili

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ponte Vecchio

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tip based tour
  • It's not recommended for who are under 18 years of age
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Fascinating and informative- creepy stories too!
Leslie_T, Sep 2023
Giacomo was a great guide- with his dramatic and humorous storytelling and personality. I’m glad we did this night tour at the beginning of our visit to Florence because it laid the groundwork for the days following. While it was still busy at night with people all around, it wasn’t as “crazy busy” and crowded as the same sites in the daytime. We were very comfortable because of the cooler weather in September compared to Jul/Aug. It was good for our teenager who gets bored easily too. This tour was a perfect 1.5 hours to hold one’s attention- and a great way to learn about the crazy ups and downs and family dramas that built this beautiful city.
Christina_K, Sep 2023
Excellent tour! Michele was a wonderful story teller who brought old Florence to life! Very interesting and unusual curiosities about this city.
Excellent! Take the tour!
Victoria_W, Sep 2023
Excellent guide, very enthralling tales. Absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend to anyone wanting entertainment and history.
Great evening tour
Janelle_S, Aug 2023
Angelina gave a great tour, this was fun to learn about the dark side of Florence. Really worth it to hear about legends and beliefs- it adds a new type of characteristic to this very charming city! Not super scary which is good because I was worried I would be terrified, but I wasn’t! It was fun!
A must when in Florence
Angel_C, Aug 2023
Great experience, friendly staff, well organized. You feel they really enjoy showing your the city. Loved it
Informative & Entertaining
Jackie_B, Aug 2023
Gabriel was a fantastic tour guide! He is very engaging and a great storyteller, which makes for a very entertaining and informative tour.
Fantastic tour!
Cora_V, Jul 2023
I really enjoyed this tour, the guide Angela was brilliant at telling all the different stories and did so in a very fun way too. It was very interesting to learn about the darker history of Florence, which I can imagine must not be easy to research. Also it allowed me to see certain things which I never would have on a regular tour. Would definitely recommend this tour to others who want to learn more about this side of history in the city.
A great and fun way to learn more about Florence
Marcus_T, Jul 2023
This tour was so much fun! We learned about the Medici family and local ghost stories as we walked through the city. This tour is fantastic value for couples and families looking for a fun and informative way to get to know more about the history of buildings and streets of Florence. Giacomo was also incredibly friendly and knowledgeable!
Great experience!
Jennifer_R, Jul 2023
We loved this tour and our guide. She was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour also allowed us to get familiar with the layout of Florence as well. I highly recommend to do this on your first night.
Really enjoyable
Tanya_M, Jul 2023
This is a wonderful tour, we really enjoyed hearing something different about the spots around Florence. Really interesting. Our guide was lovely, friendly and knowledgeable.
Great mystery tour
Elizabeth_M, Jul 2023
It was a great tour! I enjoyed it so much and the guide was so good. He gave us a really exceptional tour! I would highly recommend!
Adrian_M, Jul 2023
The guide tried but the English translation of these stories missed the mark. These tours are all about the story telling. I have done many of these tours in the past and they were wonderful but this was lacking any energy.
Fun little evening tour!
Rebecca_A, Jul 2023
This was such a fun way to see the city while breaking up the monotonous, typical historical tour. Still a lot of history, but some fun stories along the way. Tour guide was fantastic and was tipped well for his efforts. Definitely a fun way to explore Florence when it was a little cooler in the evening
The story of the woman at...
Amrit_S, Jul 2023
The story of the woman at the Duomo and the story of the Monster of Florence were very creepy and bone chilling. The story of the Mafia was very interesting, it was a fun tour and cool way to introduce yourself to Florence!
1.5 hours of pure enjoyment
Juliann_S, Jul 2023
Giacomo our tour guide was excellent! He is a talented story teller who captured everyone's attention. We were a large group, but he made sure that everyone could here him as he brought his stories to life. This tour was very entertaining.
Great tour for teens an adults
Denise_D, Jul 2023
Angela’s storytelling was captivating. The tour left us with a new take on Florence. Angela also provided great tips about the city!!
Cute tour!
Rebecca_F, Jul 2023
What a cute tour! As a murder mystery lover, this was a fun way to learn more about Florence and the mysteries surrounding the city. Antonio was great!
Creepy and Interesting!
Denise_B, Jul 2023
This was an interesting twilight tour that focused on the sites associated with love-lorn ghosts, eccentric Medicis, an unsolved serial killing spree, and outrageous mafia terrorism. My daughter (age 18) and I loved it! This is ot a tour for young children, as some of the subject matter is mature. Guide was informative and pleasant! Note: This is a free tour sponsored by the Floence tourism council; you are paying a fee to secure your spot ahead of time. It was well worth it. Remember to tip your guide as if you paid for a full tour because they work so hard!
Nicolas the great
Luke_S, Jun 2023
Nicolas was a great guide, he is so knowledgeable and passionate about the history. He has a good sense of humor and takes you to some beautiful places.
Awesome experience!
Noel_P, Jun 2023
Niko was pleasant and informative. I enjoyed learning about the "less famous" art and beautiful buildings if Florence and the tales of the people and history associated with them.

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