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Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

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3,603 Reviews
Open daily 9am - 7pm. Closed on Easter, Dec 25 and Aug 15
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, 50123

The Basics

The “Old Palace” was built in the early 1300s and sumptuously redecorated by the ruling Medici family in the 16th century when Grand Duke Cosimo I transferred his official seat here from Palazzo Medici. The courtyards, official halls, and private apartments feature elaborately decorated ceilings and statues by such luminaries as Donatello and Michelangelo, giving a sense of the wealth of Florence’s most powerful family during the height of the Renaissance. The most important rooms are the vast Salone dei Cinquecento, decorated by the celebrated Renaissance painter Giorgio Vasari and used as seat of the 500-member Grand Council; the secret Studiolo di Francesco I, also decorated by Vasari; and the Map Room.

Because of the palazzo's wealth of art and history, its museum is best visited with a tour guide, especially during the crowded months between May and October, when the wait to enter can be long and skip-the-line tickets are a must. Visitors can also tour the archaeological excavations under the building's foundations to see the uncovered remains of the Roman theater of Florentia.

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Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
$43.50 per adult
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Fabulous
Amazing experience, loved the palace and our guide Alla, was fabulous. Could not recommended highly enough. A must- do experience in Florence.
NewcastleDaiseygirl, Oct 2019

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Truly enjoyable
TrixieGirly, Nov 2019
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch
Lovely tour with lots of interesting information about the Palazzo Vecchio. Visited rooms and areas of the palazzo that are not usually seen by the regular tourists. Definitely more interesting than a regular tour.
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Excellent tour highly recommended
hazz19580, Sep 2019
Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
Our tour guide, Francesca was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. I would highly recommend this tour around palazzo Vecchio.
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Palazzo Vecchio
Getaway589651, Jan 2020
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
this was a very special place, particularly to see the Vasari paintings which are magnificent and the Medici apartments. well worth a visit
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Palazzo Vechio
Matthew1026, Dec 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour
We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions we had. It was great to hear a little history of the Medici family.
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great experience
Traveler55431456818, Oct 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
I wanted to see the complete view of duomo rather than climb it so I chose palazzo vecchio and it was a great choice. the weather was nice, the agent was great and the view was remarkable. highly recommend!
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Palazzio Vecchio
Curiosity156166, Oct 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
Lots of things to see but so little time. Hard to find the office to exchange voucher for tickets. Had to ask people for the street since the policewoman I asked didn’t even know the address
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Very special tour
tschmid2019, Oct 2019
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch
We couldn't find the group because the guide didn't wear the special jacket. Thanks to the guy at the info desk we finally could join the group. After the tour nobody told us anything about the lunch, so we had to find the restaurant by ourselves. The tour itself was excellent and exactly what we expected.
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Uffizi is spectacular
lparrell, Oct 2019
Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Uffizi Gallery is spectacular. Our tour guide, Eris, so incredibly educated on all the pieces and provided wonderful insights, things we would have never known if we had gone on our own.
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Excellent tour of Palazzo Vecchio
kpjpsp, Aug 2019
Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
I learned a lot about the history of the government before & during the Medici's rule & the great artisans. The tour guide was informative & pleasant.
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Palazzo Vecchio tour
Mary F, Aug 2019
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch
You must first go in and exchange your voucher for a ticket. The meeting point is in front of the lion. The tour was really good. I liked getting to see parts of the palace usually closed to the public. The study room with all the pictures was truly spectacular!
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Skip the line worth it
emericzanetto, Sep 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
Easy booking and communication. Friendly and multilingual staff. A+ Self-guided tour is worth it for this one as there are a lot of written explanations available inside this Florentine gem.
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Interesting Tour
ElmerM7, Aug 2019
Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
We did the Guided Tour in the afternoon. The guide was very informative and showed us major highlights of the Palazzo. After the tour ended, we were able to stick around some more to explore at our own pace.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The palazzo's soaring Arnolfo Tower offers stupendous views of Florence and the surrounding hills of Tuscany; children under 6 are not allowed to climb the tower.

  • Most of Palazzo Medici is dedicated to the museum where visitors can take in important Renaissance art and architecture, but the building is also still the seat of local government and home to the mayor's office and city council.

  • Backpacks and bags are not allowed inside Palazzo Vecchio; lockers available for a charge at the entrance.

  • Most of the palazzo is accessible to wheelchairs, with exception of the tower and mezzanine level.

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How to Get There

Palazzo Vecchio is in the southern corner of Piazza della Signoria, a short stroll from the Uffizi Gallery. By bus, take the C1 to Galleria Delgi Uffizi, then walk one block west or take the C2 to Porta Rossa and walk three blocks east.

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When to Get There

The museums are open daily but close on Thursday afternoons. The palazzo can be very crowded at midday, so consider joining a tour in the early morning before most visitors arrive or at sunset to avoid the busiest time and enjoy the view from the tower.

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The Vasari Corridor

This secret passage that runs between Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti was commissioned by the Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1565 and designed by Giorgio Vasari. Once a secret route used by the Medici family to travel through the city, the corridor is now an art gallery and can be visited in small groups as part of a private tour.

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