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The tour will take you to old gambling palaces, street corners and alleys where some mobsters met their demise, and restaurants where wise guys like famed boss Santo Trafficante Jr. held court. Join us for this one-of-a-kind walk through Tampa’s most storied neighborhood. We guarantee you’ll never look at Ybor City the same way again.
By night, GIs danced alongside Tampa's elite and the hotel's celebrity guests, which over the years included Jimmy Stewart, Jack Dempsey, Elvis Presley and Charlton Heston. The Floridan Hotel was also where Gary Cooper wooed actress Lupe Velez in 1930 while they stayed there during the filming of “Hell Harbor.”
Nicknamed “The First Lady of Cigars” for holding the highest ranking corporate position within the cigar industry–president of U.S. operations for Arturo Fuente Tobacco Company–Cynthia Fuente is constantly asked what it is like to be a woman in a “man’s world” and how it feels to be a female pioneer in the tobacco industry.