From 1968 to 1985, 16 people were savagely killed in Tuscany. The killer became known as the ‘Monster of Florence’, owing to the horrendous way in which the young victims were treated.
Several films, television series, documentaries and numerous books – not to mention years’ worth of chatter amongst Italians – has concerned Florence’s most notorious serial killer.
There are more theories about the identity of the killer than there are masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery! Several arrests were made, but despite convictions, most believe the true killer was never discovered.
George Clooney, who calls Italy his second home, has been selected to play a part in the latest Monster of Florence film, based on the Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi book, ‘The Monster of Florence’.
Clooney is often seen on Italian small screens in a series of humorous Nescafè coffee adds (some of which also feature John Malkovich who recently did a stand up performance in Prato, where he also opened his own clothing store!).
The Tuscan villa home of Count Niccolò Capponi, a personality involved in our Artviva Festival, was used as the residence of Hannibal Lecter in the Hannibal movie – said to have been inspired in part by the Monster of Florence!
Count Niccolò Capponi also played a part as himself – a historian – in the Hannibal film, in a scene set in his own library.
Our Artviva Festival also features meet-the-author with Florence local Lisa Clifford who talks about her book, ‘Death in the Mountains’. Counting down the final months of the life of a humble Tuscan farmer who was brutally murdered, Lisa Clifford solved the 100-year-old Tuscan murder mystery during the writing of her book!
If you’re interested in hearing about other murder mysteries in Florence, we have an Original Evening Walk which includes a relaxing evening stroll around Florence’s most charming, fascinating and historic quarters, the Oltrarno. Along the way, our charming English-speaking tour guide reveals details of scandalous tales and murderous intrigues, a medieval hospice holding the dark secrets of Michelangelo’s murky past, bustling squares where Florentines have met and enjoyed their evenings for centuries, artisans workshops virtually out of the Renaissance, and Florence’s favorite medieval flagellation spot for those in the know! All this is followed by a fabulous wine tasting of top-notch Italian wines.
Of course, we at Artviva Walking Tours wouldn’t be so friendly and smiley if all our tours were so dark focused! We also have a bevvy of delightful Florence city centre, and small-group Tuscany countryside tours to choose from, small-group Venice guided tours and guided Rome tours with lovely tour guides – see www.italy.artviva.com or call us in Italy on +39 055 264 5033.