The would-be ghost hunters will be guided through a myriad of alleyways and squares, listening to tales of murder in the Middle Ages, legends and mysteries, executions and electrifying episodes, while watching out for ghosts with the guardauomo, a sentinel who was tasked to protect the city more than 800 years ago.
The route will include the streets of the Ancient Roman Decumano Massimo (the Corso) and the Cardo Maximus (Piazza della Repubblica). Gruesome descriptions of murder and torture techniques; guillotine executions around Loggia dei Lanzichenecchi and Palazzo Vecchio; a walk through piazza Sant’Elisabetta, where you will find your first ghost inside a forbidding tower; and learning about society in the Middle Ages. The contrast between contemporary luxury and the poverty and drama of past ages can be an exciting and educational experience.
You can play out the characters of Mariuccia La Napoletana’s murder in front of the romantic church of San Remigio, before learning about the legend of the beheaded saint, San Miniato. On reaching the Ponte Vecchio, the sentinel suddenly disappears into the shadows, along with his lantern, leaving the ghosts of the sinister and bloody figures to accompany you back to the hotel.
Tours start after sunset at 7 p.m. in winter and at 9 p.m. in summer. They cost €35 per person. Double rooms at Hotel Savoy start from €293. Just contact the hotel to find out more and book your appointment with the world of dark mystery and Florentine Gothic horror.