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Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

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 - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
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Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
$26.50 per adult
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Beautiful place and...
Beautiful place and perfect service. We was really surprised, when we had a chance to go inside, when city parliament has meeting.
yakovkuperberg1, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Palazzo Vecchio Tour
Terry_F, Jun 2022
Palazzo Vecchio guided experience with entrance ticket
My husband, son, and myself had a wonderful time touring Palazzo Vecchio with Leonardo. He gave so much information about Florence and the Medicis and the Palazzo and we were fortunate to see the hall actually being used for a political meeting with the mayor of Florence present. So you have this meeting going on in the midst of this grandeur and splendor of sculpture and frescoes and history. It was an amazing tour!
star-5
Very interesting for all the family.
Despina_T, Jun 2022
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch Or "Gelato"
We visited with our children. The kids loved it. The tour guide from Palazzo Vecchio was very friendly with the children and did everything she could to keep their attention.
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Monumental view
Crystal_R, Mar 2022
Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour
Beautiful town hall! Get skip of the line tickets for the tower in ADVANCE (because of covid space is limited). Our tour guide was amazing and informative.
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Terrific trip to Palazzo Vecchio with Julia
Daniel_L, Jun 2022
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch Or "Gelato"
Fantastic tour with some "behind-the-scenes" access to the Palazzo. Julia was a terrific guide, very engaging, funny and informative. She showed our small group many really cool stairways and hidden rooms. We saw many things from the Tom Hanks movie, "Inferno" with a visit to the area above the great hall showing the beams supporting the giant paintings below being the highlight.
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Fantastic tour with Sam
Gillian_F, Jun 2022
Palazzo Vecchio guided experience with entrance ticket
This was a fantastic tour and our guide Sam was superb! He was so knowledgeable and very passionate about the history of Florence. Would recommend this tour.
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Great tour, guide needs to speak louder
Beverley_G, Jun 2022
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch Or "Gelato"
The tour was fascinating and our guide very knowledgable, the only downside was the guide was quietly spoken and it was difficult to hear her so we missed quite a lot of the dialogue. Maybe warn people that there are a lot of stairs - we’re fine with that but some others on the tour had difficulty with the stairs and narrow corridors, due to poor levels of fitness
star-5
Excellent
Jason_H, May 2022
Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Ticket with Self-Guided City Tour
Easy and nice staff Everybody very helpful and the place is absolutely a must. Priority entrance is important in high season.
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Palazzo Vecchio tour and guide.
Margaret_O, May 2022
Palazzo Vecchio guided experience with entrance ticket
Our guide, Leonardo, was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about Palazzo Vecchio. I would definitely recommend him as a guide. Our tour did not feel rushed but was delivered at an excellent pace. He really took the time to make everyone feel comfortable and ensured that all of us could see what he talking about.
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I am happy
Toma_K, May 2022
Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Ticket with Self-Guided City Tour
The skip the line thing worked perfectly well. The place is awesome, full of history and wonderfully preserved. The view from the tower is amazing. And I think that the multimedia guide is worth the try as well.
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No long waiting in line!
Nidia_D, Apr 2022
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
I highly recommend booking skip-the-line to visit Palazzo Vecchio. It will definitely save you time and hassle.
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Tower great. Museum not great
Danielle_S, May 2022
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
The tower was incredible and the views of the duomo and Santa Croce were beautiful. The disappointment was the museum. Only two rooms were available to see and Dante’s death mask was not there.
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Great tour but improve start time
Robert_S, Apr 2022
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
Great tour. A bit rocky at the start as we weren’t sure where to meet the guide (who turned up late!)
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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