Discover the sites of Florence narrated in Dan Brown’s Inferno and learn about Dante and the Divine Comedy with this private walking tour
- Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
- Signoria Palace and Museum
- Dante’s Funerary Mask
- Badia Fiorentina (Dante’s Church)
- Dante’s House
- Florence Cathedral (Dante’s Portrait)
- Boboli Gardens (optional)
- Private guide
This private tour will make you discover the actual sites narrated in Dan Brown’s Inferno and make you feel the thrill of following in the footsteps of Robert Langdon as he ventures in the heart of Florence.
You will learn about Dante Alighieri, the author of the Divine Comedy, see his mysterious funerary mask and the house where he was born.
You will meet your private guide at Porta Romana, the ancient door that leads inside the Renaissance city walls. Here we will enter the beautiful Gardens of Boboli, but instead of climbing over the wall like Robert and Sienna, more simply we will buy the ticket! Inside these beautiful gardens we will see Neptune’s fountain, the Isolotto, and the mysterious Buontalenti’s Grotto adorned by Michelangelo’s statues of the Prisoners (now a copy, as the originals are at the Accademia Gallery).
We will reach the Pitti Palace and from there will walk outside along the Vasari Corridor: this famous passage formerly used by the Medici family as a protected walkway to reach Palazzo Vecchio from their private residence, is the one used in the book for Langdon’s escape.
We will cross the Arno river on the Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge, and continue to follow the Vasari Corridor until we reach the Uffizi and Piazza della Signoria where we enter inside Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. In the museum we will discover the secrets described by Dan Brown and their true history which is even more interesting than their use as scene-setting backdrops and escape hatches.
You will first see Dante's funerary mask, then your expert private guide will help you find the words “cerca trova” (CATROVACER) on Vasari’s giant painting the “Battle of Marciano” in the magnificent Salone de’ Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundreds); you will then reach the fascinating Hall of Geographical Maps and see the hidden door, behind the map of Armenia, used to escape by Inferno’s protagonist.
The walking tour will then take you to the enchanted medieval alleys of Florence. You will see Dante’s house and the Badia Fiorentina, a.k.a. the church of Dante, where he used to encounter Beatrice, his inspiring muse. Next to the church stands the bell tower from where the mad scientist jumped off in the opening of the book. With a short walk we will then reach Saint Mary of the Flower Cathedral where you will see another important image described in dan Brown’s Inferno: the fresco with Dante holding the Divine Comedy and the city of Florence as a backdrop.
Our private tour will end inside the Baptistry, one of the oldest buildings of Florence. Here you will find out more about the symbols of medieval architecture by looking the golden
mosaics of the ceiling where Langdon finds the hints that will make him continue his journey to Venice and Instanbul
NOTE: On Thursday the tour is available only in the morning and cannot start later than 10.00 am
Private guide officially licensed. Entrance fees to Boboli Gardens, Old Palace, Cathedral, Baptistery
Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
At Porta Romana (details and map will be sent by email)
We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes
Boboli Gardens Extension