Explore Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of civic power in Florence for centuries, on a multimedia-guided tour. Learn about the rich history of this…
What people are saying about Salone dei Cinquecento
The Plazzo Vecchio is a beautiful building, well worth seeing, but be careful of which tour you select. The Museum Tour is different than the Tower Tour. If you want to see the inside of the building and a few artworks, select the Building Tour. If you want to get on the battlements and climb the tower take the Tower Tour. We waited through a long line for the Tower tour only to find we had Museum tickets and we could have walked right in to the Museum. The entrances are at the same point at the top of the stairs and there is no person or signage to explain this. The artworks in the Museum are not really worth seeing, especially compared to the Uffizi, but the Building itself is beautiful, especially nice is the Council Room. The Audio Guide we rented was worthless. The touch screen doesn’t work well, hard to use and confusing to operate. Plan on 1 hour for each for the Museum and Tower Tours. If you actually listen to the audio guide plan on 3 hours for the Museum Tour.
The purchase on line is very easy de then you avoid the fraud and queuing. The staff was nice and friendly and the guide ok. The strange things is that we could not easily indetify the place you are listening on the guide as the letters you get into the tabled is not miroered by a letter in the room you are visiting. When I complained about this situation the staff explained to me this is quite a « special »muséum joking.
It was very confusing to use the audioguide, because there are no markings in the rooms corresponding to the stories in the audioguide. A few times we asked the guards for assistance but they were busy on their smart phones and were unhelpful except in one case. Most of them said that they didn't know the answer to our rather simple questions.
The tablet was clear, but sometimes not in sync with your location. It would have been more fun to use augmented reality to provide the information (especially since the kids these days have Pokémon Go). The weird thing we found, was that it really wasn't that crowded and there we no lines at all.
Get there in the morning around 10 when the doors open and the crowds are almost non existant. It's a magnificent palace boasting the best from the brightest - and remember to get the audio set - lot's of interesting information here.