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Palazzo Vecchio
The 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio has been the symbol of this Renaissance capital’s political power for more than seven centuries. With its imposing crenellated roofline and defensive tower, it dominates Piazza della Signoria and is home to the luxurious chambers of the Medici family. Visiting Palazzo Vecchio for a peek into Renaissance Florence is a rite of passage for visitors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Piazza della Signoria, Florence 50123, Italy
Hours: Open daily 9am - 7pm. Closed on Easter, Dec 25 and Aug 15
Admission: Varies
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Skip the Line: Palazzo Vecchio Museum Ticket with Tower & Battlement Access

Skip the Line: Palazzo Vecchio Museum Ticket with Tower & Battlement Access

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You can have the best view of Florence City from the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio. Please note that when there are bad weather conditions Access to Tower will be prohibited.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.95
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$25.95

Florence Palazzo Vecchio Museum Ticket

Florence Palazzo Vecchio Museum Ticket

Discover Palazzo Vecchio, a symbol of civic power in the city of Florence for over seven centuries. Explore this stunning monument and learn about the different functions of the town hall throughout history. Your ticket includes access to the museum, where you can admire the famous Salone del Cinquecento. See the collection of art now housed within the palace.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.19
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$27.19
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Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket

Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket

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The ticket will allow you to visit Palazzo Vecchio without long waiting lines. For this attraction it is possible to choose between the following options: - Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Palazzo Vecchio Museum - priority entrance ticket for the Arnolfo Tower - Combined priority entrance ticket, Museum + Arnolfo Tower. Inside you can visit the Government Rooms of the Republic and the private rooms of the Granducale family, renovated and embellished by the architect and chronicler Giorgio Vasari, who was liked by the Grand Duke. The main attraction of the Palace is the Salone dei 500, entirely frescoed by Giorgio Vasari, as well as the rooms and apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo. Enjoy one of the best views of the city on the terrace located at the rear of the Palace and end your visit in the rooms where the ancient Florentine Republic met (Sala dei Gigli, Sala delle Maps Geographical, Hall of the last Chancellor of the Republic).
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.90
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$30.90
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Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence

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Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most significant historic buildings in all of Florence. For decades, the palace served as a glamorous backdrop to the daily lives of the most powerful Florentine family, the Medici. Booking Palazzo Vecchio guided tour takes you on a journey through the artistic, political and personal aspects of their lives. Having arrived at the designated meeting point, you will check in with the agency representative and meet your expert guide. You guide will then take you to Palazzo Vecchio which you can enter without delay, only passing a standard security check. Within one hour, you will get to see the most significant halls inside the Palazzo. For instance, the grand hall filled with paintings and sculptures bearing secret messages and hidden information as well as the lavish and gilded rooms of the Medici Apartment. You will even get to peek at the entrance to the secret Vasari corridor and see the legendary Mask of Dante.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$44.49
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$44.49

Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch

Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch

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Explore the hidden passageways of the Palazzo Vecchio on this small-group tour in Florence. Enjoy the opportunity to visit areas of the museum that have historically not been open to the general public, such as medieval stairways and narrow passageways behind hidden doors. Hear about the history of the building and its contents from your local guide. At the conclusion of the tour, head to an historic restaurant int the Medicean district for a traditional Florentine lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.56
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$60.56

Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

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Make the most of your time in Florence with this combination tour covering all of the city’s iconic sights in one half day. Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s 'David'; gaze up in wonder at the great red dome of Florence's Duomo from the outside; and explore the streets of the historic city center with insights from an expert guide. Then, skip another line to end the day with a visit of the immense Uffizi Gallery.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.63
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$97.63
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Palazzo Vecchio Morning Guided Tour

Palazzo Vecchio Morning Guided Tour

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Step back in time to the height of Medici power in Florence with a morning tour of the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio. Learn the history behind the city's grand gathering place and former town hall that was transformed into a resplendent private palace by Renaissance Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Wander through opulent salons and secret passages as your guide points out artistic treasures and hidden symbols, many of which inspired Dan Brown’s thriller ‘Inferno.'
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$72.20
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$72.20

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.51
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$86.51
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Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour

Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour

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Your private guide will accompany you on this visit to the Palazzo Della Signoria built at the end of 1200, became the seat of the Florentine Republic. In 1500 following the political rise of the Medici family, the Palazzo became the residence of Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Finally in 1800 following the unity of Italy and in the period of Florence the capital, it also became the seat of Parliament. Inside you can visit the Government Halls and the Granducale family's private rooms renovated and embellished by Giorgio Vasari, as well as the Salone dei 500 (the most important attraction of the building), the halls and apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo, also entirely frescoed by Vasari. At the end of the visit you can enjoy one of the best views of the city on the terrace located at the back of the building. The Palace is also the seat of the Municipality of Florence and from a century to today it is known as Palazzo Vecchio due to its past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.06
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$147.06
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Private Piazza della Signoria and Skip-the-Line Palazzo Vecchio Tour

Private Piazza della Signoria and Skip-the-Line Palazzo Vecchio Tour

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Florence’s Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio are two of the city’s highlights, yet can sometimes take a back seat to the Uffizi and Accademia galleries. This tour gives both the attention they deserve, with a private guide to show you around. Admire the sculptures and architecture of the Piazza della Signoria, including the Loggia dei Lanzi, and enjoy priority access to the Palazzo Vecchio to see its main, art-filled chambers.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.75
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$108.75
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Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio

Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio

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Explore the elegant Palazzo Vecchio in Florence with a private guide and learn about the Medici family who ruled the city for more than three centuries. A local guide shares stories about the connection between the Medici family and the renowned artists of the Renaissance period. A private tour ensures a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.86
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$214.86
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Florence Palazzo Vecchio: Museum Ticket and Audioguide

Florence Palazzo Vecchio: Museum Ticket and Audioguide

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Explore Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s imposing town hall, on a 1.5-hour evening tour. As the sun goes down over the city, walk around the one-time fortress with a guide to hear tales of its past when it was the focal point of Florentine power. Admire the Hall of the Five Hundred among other rooms adorned with artwork, and soak up city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower. Enhance the experience with an ‘aperitivo’ or dinner, and gaze out over Piazza della Signoria as you eat. Numbers are limited to 25 people.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.60
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$34.60
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In the Footsteps of Dan Brown's Inferno with Palazzo Vecchio Secret Access

In the Footsteps of Dan Brown's Inferno with Palazzo Vecchio Secret Access

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When visiting Florence, follow the trail of Robert Langdon, the fictional hero of Dan Brown’s thriller ‘Inferno.’ Fuel up for the treasure hunt with lunch in a historic merchant gallery before entering the Palazzo Vecchio, once the heart of the Florentine Republic. See symbolic paintings, mysterious statutes, and even Dante’s death mask — all featured in scenes from the novel and hit movie starring Tom Hanks. Go even deeper into the mystery with special access to secret stairways and hidden studios.
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  • 2 hours
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$58.08
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$58.08

BE THE FIRST! Early Bird Florence Half Day Tour: Uffizi, Accademia, Walking Tour

BE THE FIRST! Early Bird Florence Half Day Tour: Uffizi, Accademia, Walking Tour

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Explore Florence’s most iconic landmarks and inspiring art on a city tour led by a knowledgeable historian guide. Admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and other Italian greats on skip-the-line tours of the famed Ufizzi and Accademia galleries, and browse the wares of local artisans at the Ponte Vecchio marketplace. Walk beneath Brunelleschi’s dome on an interior tour of the Florence Duomo, and learn the secrets behind the beautiful Santa Croce Basilica.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.12
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$142.12

Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour with Palazzo Vecchio

Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour with Palazzo Vecchio

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Discover the treasures of Florence on a private walking tour that takes you inside some of the city’s most captivating monuments. Enter the Florence cathedral under the famous Duomo, and admire Renaissance art and mysterious halls in the Palazzo Vecchio, a former Medici palace. Ask all the questions you want as you visit other landmarks like the romantic Ponte Vecchio bridge and ancient Piazza della Repubblica.
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  • 3 hours
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$147.82
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$147.82
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Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

Group or Private Florence Skip the Line David & Accademia with Optional Duomo

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Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then see the lovely exterior of the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.91
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$72.91
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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa while in port in Livorno. With private pickup from your cruise, see the iconic Florence Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to your ship at the end of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-hour tour in Florence with a private guide and skip-the-line entry to the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$408.23
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$408.23
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Small-Group Guided Uffizi and Accademia Walking Tour

Small-Group Guided Uffizi and Accademia Walking Tour

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Spend a morning in Florence visiting two of the world’s most important museums on a great-value combo tour of the Ufizzi and Accademia galleries. See iconic Renaissance masterpieces from Italy and beyond, including the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Learn about collection highlights from an art historian guide, and enjoy leisure time to explore the museums on your own.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.07
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$168.07

Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltrarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$247.17
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$247.17
per group
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Florence Night Segway Tour

Florence Night Segway Tour

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Glide around the beautiful streets of Florence on an evening tour by Segway. See the iconic Florence Duomo, the bustle of Piazza della Signoria, and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of famous Italians such as Galileo and Michelangelo. Enjoy a stop before returning to your original departure point. Numbers are limited to eight on this tour to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.27
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$85.27
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All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

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Discover the rich culture, history and architectural gems of Florence on a not to be missed full-day sightseeing tour. Led by a local guide, reach on a GT Bus the gorgeous Piazzale Michelangelo and the Etruscan town of Fiesole, the most beautiful panoramic spots overlooking the city. Skip the line at the famed Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, home of world-famous masterpieces as the Michelangelo’s David and the Birt of Venus by Botticelli. Then, explore the bustling Piazza della Signoria and the stunning Duomo complex. To upgrade your ticket, opt for an authentic Italian lunch at a local historic restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.30
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$148.30

Palazzo Vecchio guided experience

Palazzo Vecchio guided experience

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Unveil all the secrets hidden inside the ancient Medici's palace. During this 90 minutes experience every corner, every masterpiece and every legend is coming to life. This is the palace where the Renaissance started in Florence. Palazzo Vecchio was the ancient home of Medici Family, as well as the ancient - and actual- palace for the Government. Visit the palace in 90 minutes with a guide means discover the secrets, the legends and the masterpieces hidden inside the palace. From Eleonora’s apartment to “Salone dei Cinquecento” this tour leads through the entire palace. An experience that is not easy to forget: also Dan Brown fell in love with Palazzo Vecchio and wrote about it in his book “Inferno”.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.08
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$58.08
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Private Florence and Hills Day Tour with Accademia, Uffizi and Historic Center

Private Florence and Hills Day Tour with Accademia, Uffizi and Historic Center

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Explore the Renaissance city of Florence on a full-day tour with a private guide. See top attractions such as Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia Gallery, Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, San Lorenzo Basilica, Uffizi Galleries and more. Learn the stories and rich history behind each site that you pass, soaking up the personal attention from your private guide, with a tasty lunch included (if option selected).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$587.02
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$587.02
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Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Step inside the former seat of Florence’s powerful Medici rulers on a tour of the opulent Palazzo Vecchio. Most visitors see this medieval palace from the outside, but few enter the stone walls to see the regal apartments and salons adorned with priceless Renaissance paintings and sculptures. You also get access to the Arnolfo Towers for unmatched aerial views of Piazza della Signoria.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.91
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$72.91
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

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See Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa while in port in La Spezia on this full-day, independent excursion. Head first to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with a private driver and explore the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace or other top attractions at your leisure. Afterward, travel to Pisa to see the Piazza dei Miracoli and snap some pictures with the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in both cities, as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia in Florence.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$494.17
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$494.17
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Palazzo Vecchio private tour with a 5-star guide

Palazzo Vecchio private tour with a 5-star guide

Enjoy an insightful private tour of Palazzo Vecchio with a 5-star tour guide. Visiting Palazzo Vecchio is an incredible experience but without a tour guide, you will deny yourself a unique opportunity to learn the secrets hidden within its walls. Constructed more than 700 years ago, it has witnessed major events in the history of Florence. This castle-like palace has been the city`s Town Hall, a political prison, and even the private residence of the powerful Medici family. Find out why Michelangelo`s David stood in front of its entrance for more than three centuries. Learn about the unfinished work by Leonardo da Vinci that astonished all his contemporaries. See the sights that inspired Dan Brown for his intriguing best-seller novel. Join us for this incredible tour and smoothly navigate in the palace and be the first to see all the details, avoiding all the hassle of big group tours. Let us know if you have special interests and we will make sure the tour is tailor-made for you!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.14
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$161.14
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Vip Tour Of Palazzo Vecchio With The Tower Climbing

Vip Tour Of Palazzo Vecchio With The Tower Climbing

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Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most recognized monuments in Florence, political seat of the Florentine Republic and residence of the Medici family during the Renaissance. Take a deep dive into the history and architecture with this tour of the palace’s interiors, taking in the ornate Salone del Cinquecento and private apartments with a guide. End by climbing to the top of the Arnolfo Tower for views across the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.30
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$122.30
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Palazzo Vecchio hours of operation?
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Palazzo Vecchio hours of operation: Open daily 9am - 7pm. Closed on Easter, Dec 25 and Aug 15. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Palazzo Vecchio tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palazzo Vecchio can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 157 Palazzo Vecchio tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Palazzo Vecchio 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palazzo Vecchio costs USD 25.95. Guided Palazzo Vecchio tours start around USD 25.95 per person. See all 157 Palazzo Vecchio tickets and tours on Viator.
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