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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
$26.53 per adult
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Great tour but improve start time
Great tour. A bit rocky at the start as we weren’t sure where to meet the guide (who turned up late!)
Robert_S, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Wonderful experience touring Palazzo Vecchio!
Elizabeth_W, May 2022
Palazzo Vecchio guided experience with entrance ticket
Our guide Leonardo did an amazing job explaining the history of Palazzo Vecchio and also influence of Medici family on Florence and Italy. He expertly explained importance of sculptures and paintings in the building, as well as architecture. He really brought the history to life!
star-5
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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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.
star-5
Great insight to the Medici family!
Charles_P, May 2022
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch Or "Gelato"
Our guide was excellent. He displayed a good knowledge of his subject and was able to answer questions not always on topic.
star-4
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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Hidden Wonders
James_R, Apr 2022
Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch Or "Gelato"
This is by far the best way to see the Palace. The secret passages and rooms are amazing and interesting, especially the rafters. I Really didn’t. Find the Palace too interesting without the hidden tour. Please note, a lot of narrow stairs but an elevator is available to go down. Stirs only going up
star-5
Best 90 minutes in Florence
Ghazal_J, Apr 2022
Palazzo Vecchio guided experience with entrance ticket
Our guide was very knowledgeable. He answered every random question related to the history of Florence and the Médicis. I enjoyed every minute of this tour and every piece of information given. I definitely recommend it!
star-5
Worth it
Bonnie_B, Feb 2022
Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour
Leonardo was knowledgeable and engaging. The tour included a pass to the top of the tower which is quite a hike but the view was amazing.
star-5
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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Home from devoted husband to wife Eleanor
Marian_H, May 2022
Florence: Palazzo Vecchio guided tour
Personal guide was very knowledgable about the Medici family and their early rise to fame. but she also shared information not commonly known like how Eleanor's children were kept inside for protection and never got Vitamin D from the sun causing growth problems and even death. her apartment in the house was decorated especially for her with her name in every room. but when she told her husband they should have a garden for the children he started to build a new palace. Not too busy in the afternoon so tour was perfectly timed. Definitely would recommend a tour with guide for this building
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Highly recommend
Qu_C, Apr 2022
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
It was an amazing visit, the wall decor was stunning, furniture from 16th century was well presented. We really enjoyed our experience with Viator, ticket office was close by staff were friendly!
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Fabulous
NewcastleDaiseygirl, Oct 2019
Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
Amazing experience, loved the palace and our guide Alla, was fabulous. Could not recommended highly enough. A must- do experience in Florence.

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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