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Palazzo Vecchio

Explore many layers of Italian history since Roman times in one of Florence's premier museums.

Palazzo Vecchio: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

1. Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

This tour allows visits to a suite of off-the-beaten-path locations in Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Among them is the mysterious stairway built in the thick walls by the will of Gualtieri di Brienee. Skip the line and head off on a one hour and 45-minute guided tour. Discover the small study of Francesco I de’ Medici, a very elegant treasure "of rare and precious things," and the desk of his father Cosimo I, more widely known as Tesoretto. To round off the experience, hear about the huge trussed structure built by the great architect Giorgio Vasari, which supports the paneled ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento, the main room of the palace.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

2. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

Palazzo Vecchio was the home of Medici family, and an important site of the Renaissance. Renowned as the main symbol of civil power of Florence, learn more about the vast history of the palace with a 90-minute guided tour.  See the "Salone dei Cinquecento”, the Hall which is the largest and most important room in terms of artistic and historical value inside the palace. Marvel at paneled ceilings, large wall frescoes, golden decorations, and imposing sculptures. Explore the second floor of the palace, featuring the elegant Apartments of the Elements, the Apartments of Eleonora of Toledo, and the original Hall of Priors, along with many small chambers and a chapel frescoed by Bronzino.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

3. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence. Built in 1299 to house the leaders of the medieval city it is the symbol of the city’s history. The golden age of Palazzo Vecchio began when the Medici family decided to turn it into a real palace, making it the family residence. During your visit, you’ll be able to admire the architecture of the palazzo, and its sculptures and paintings, and learn about its rich and complex history over the centuries. Your visit to the Palazzo Vecchio will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Upgrade your experience to include Arnolfo's Tower, and enjoy the fantastic views from the tower's summit. Visit the tower first, then head to the museum 1 hour later.

Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

4. Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

Florence: Medici Family History Tour

5. Florence: Medici Family History Tour

Relive the story of the family that managed to become the symbol of a city, facing countless obstacles, betrayals and victories. Explore the most symbolic places of the Medici family in Florence, the most famous city of the Renaissance period. See where many of the scenes from the tv series “The Medici” took place, and uncover the true essence of the main characters of the Medici Family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Cosimo the Elder or Piero the Unfortunate. You can also explore the amazing palaces of enemy families like the Strozzi, Albizi, and Pazzi. Together, you will visit the Palazzo Medici, a famous architectural work of the fifteenth century and the beautiful Chapel of the Magi, which was painted by Benozzo Gozzoli. You will also visit a secret place where the genius Michelangelo learned to sculpt, under the shadow of one of Donatello’s pupils, the Bertoldo.

Florence: Walking Tour

6. Florence: Walking Tour

Begin your tour by visiting the most important buildings in the heart of Florence. See the Duomo, the Baptistery of Saint John, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo,  which is a museum containing many of the original works of art created for the cathedral of Florence, and Giotto’s Bell Tower which stands adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, move towards Piazza della Signoria where you can admire the sculpture of David by Michelangelo, placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. Next, visit Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the most famous bridge in Florence and undoubtedly one of the city’s most illustrious landmarks. Throughout the tour, your professional guide will show you hidden places that most people don’t notice while walking in the city. With a perfect mix of information, covering history, curiosities about the Medici and the Renaissance, you will understand the essence of this beautiful city.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

7. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

Experience Palazzo Vecchio, the hearth of Florence and a symbol of the city’s history, with an experienced guide. Florence’s town hall building dates back to 1299 when it was built to host the government leaders of medieval Florence. You’ll come to understand how its architecture, art, sculptures, and paintings contribute to create a rich and complex representation of the city.   Admire masterpieces by celebrated artists of the Renaissance scattered throughout the Palazzo’s many halls, chambers, and courtyards. The highlight of the experience will be the stunning Salone dei Cinquecento (“Hall of the Five Hundred”), the most imposing chamber in the building, its ceilings rising to 75 feet. Here, you can admire the frescoes and paintings of Giorgio Vasari, who took over the decoration of the room from Michelangelo.   For a truly engaging immersion into the history of Florence, come explore this unique building that has transformed and renewed itself throughout the centuries.

Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

8. Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

Enjoy your day in Florence discovering the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo, and choose to climb Brunelleschi's dome. Join a group tour or select the private tour option to tailor the tour to your needs. Take advantage of the Brunelleschi Pass, valid for 72 hours, and visit the Museum and the baptistery of the Duomo after your tour has ended. Enjoy speedy entry to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved tickets. Hear the story of Michaelangelo's David and its creator. Learn about the legacy of the ruling Medici family and how this collection was gifted to the people of Florence. Next, head to the famous Duomo. Discover priceless works of Gothic and Renaissance art and admire the building for its size and intricate marble decorations. See the Baptistry, famous for its Gates of Paradise. Enjoy pre-reserved and exclusive entry to Brunelleschi's Dome at the end of the tour (if that option is chosen). Climb the dome or Giotto's Tower on your own time and admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany.

Best of Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour

9. Best of Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour

If you’re interested in the culture of Florence and the beauty of its architecture, join this 2-hour guided walking tour that takes in the most important monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking tour begins at the Piazza San Firenze; home of the Bargello and the Tribunale Fiorentino. Walk first to the Church of Santa Croce, home to many well-known masterpieces and burial place of some of Italy's most important personages. Next come to Piazza Signoria known for Neptune's Fountain, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the lovely Piazzale degli Uffizi. Cross the Ponte Vecchio; the medieval stone bridge famous for its gold jewelry shops, and arrive at the spectacular Pitti palace; former residence of the Medici family. Head back toward the Arno and the historic center along Via Maggio and Ponta Santa Trinita, passing along Via Tornabuoni where you will see some of Florence's top fashion boutiques. Stop at the Strozzi Palace; prototype of Renaissance architecture and then finish with the impressive Piazza Republica and the magnificent Florence Cathedral.

Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

10. Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

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What people are saying about Palazzo Vecchio

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Local guide and very prepared, kind and nice. The tour is very well structured and comprehensive. We also went with our 11 year old son and it was interesting for him too and he was never bored because the guide enriched the tour with very funny and interesting anecdotes that gave appeal to art and history. I recommend everyone to take these guided tours even if you have already been to a city because you can see the city from another angle (which is absolutely impossible on your own). To prevent confusion and city noise from preventing listening to the guide, at the start everyone is given new and personal headphones that allow you to hear the guide talking even from a few meters away and this also allows greater flexibility while walking around the city.

We enjoyed the electric cart tour through Florence. We were able to visit some locations that might have been difficult for us to access on foot, so we appreciate the experience. Our driver, Simon was very friendly and provided so much interesting information on our tour.

Our guide, Ilaria, was very good at stimulating everyone's interest: by telling us various anecdotes and showing us small details of the buildings and streets that we would never have been able to grasp on our own.

Guide very prepared and always available. Very well organized tour, we visited the main places in Florence, very interesting history and anecdotes. Congratulations to the guide, nice and very prepared.

Walking tour organized in detail, two hours without getting bored.