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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
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$25.16
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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
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$26.36
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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
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$29.96
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$29.96
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

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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
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$83.88
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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
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$105.44
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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
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$58.71
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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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$43.14
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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
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$70.70
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$70.70
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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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$70.00
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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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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
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$142.59
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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
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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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$208.33
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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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$56.32
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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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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
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$156.24
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$156.24
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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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$118.58
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Palazzo Vecchio - Semi Private Tour

Palazzo Vecchio - Semi Private Tour

City Florence Tours invites you to visit the museum of Palazzo Vecchio, symbol of the history of Florence and of the Medici family, accompanied by a local and professional guide. Through this small group tour, you can fully appreciate the Renaissance era, entering from the priority entrance without long waiting lines. The building you are going to visit was built from the end of 1200 and was the second seat of the Florentine Republic. In 1500, the palace became the residence of Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici and finally in 1800 it also became the seat of Parliament. Inside, you can visit the Halls of the Government of the Republic, the rooms of the Grand Ducal family, the Sala dei Gigli, the Sala delle Geografiche and the Sala della last Chancellor of the Republic. But the main attraction is the Salone dei 500, entirely frescoed by Giorgio Vasari. Nowadays, the building also represents the seat of the Municipality of Florence.
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$82.68
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Explore Palazzo Vecchio and its Tower

Explore Palazzo Vecchio and its Tower

Admire the Town hall of Florence on a 2-hour tour of the Palazzo Vecchio Museum, which overlooks the Piazza della Signoria the amazing square that holds a copy of Michelangelo's David statue, and the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi. Visit the private apartments of the Medici Family and climb to the top of the tower of Arnolfo to see Signoria Square from above. Admire the impressive murals that decorate the walls of the Salone dei Cinquecento — the Hall of the Five Hundred — which is the most imposing chamber as it was enlarged by Giorgio Vasari so that Grand Duke Cosimo I could hold his court in this chamber.
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  • 2 hours
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$70.70
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Private Guided Tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Private Guided Tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio, Old Palace, is a must to see in Florence. It is an outstanding Medieval Castle, with a high tower as well, when you look at it from outside, Once you enter inside.....it's full Renaissance period! High decorated ceiling, the huge Hall of 500, Renaissance statues by Donatello and Michelangelo, the old maps hall and so many attracting rooms which tell us about the life and the endless power of the Medici Family!
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  • 2 hours
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$153.37
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FLORENCE GHOST TOUR: Dante's Inferno Exploration Game (Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio)

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FLORENCE GHOST TOUR: Dante's Inferno Exploration Game (Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio)

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Get to know the haunted corners of Florence on this self-guided tour via downloadable app. You and your party will follow the mobile digital guide at your own pace through the cursed buildings to learn all about the stories and legends behind the hauntings.
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$7.78
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Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio Combo Private Tour

Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio Combo Private Tour

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A combo tour including two 'must see' museums of Florence: the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio. The Uffizi is the most visited museum in Italy and this tour will give you the chance to do an amazing journey through the history of painting: from Giotto -the greatest Italian Medieval painter- to Botticelli, from Leonardo Da Vinci to Michelangelo, to end up with Raphael and Titian! You will learn a great deal about the artworks and the personalities of the artists who made the history! Do not worry about lines at the entrance as we will have express entrance in order to save your precious time! Afterward, you will be introduced to the Medici family, a dinasty of politicians and generous patrons who made Florence so rich in art treasures. No trip to Florence would be complete without a visit to their grand residence: Palazzo Vecchio! Discover how the Medici became so powerful, who were their enemies and how they tried to get rid of them. The story of this dinasty will bewitch you!
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  • 3 hours
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$227.66
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Semi Private Florence Walking Tour:The Medici History,With Palazzo Vecchio visit

Semi Private Florence Walking Tour:The Medici History,With Palazzo Vecchio visit

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Discover the secrets of the Medici family.also known as the House of Medici, was the Italian family that ruled Florence, and later Tuscany, during most of the period from 1434 to 1737, except for two brief intervals (from 1494 to 1512, and from 1527 to 1530).imposing Pitti Palace, with an enjoyable relaxed stoll in the footsteps of the Medici dynasty, that ruled the city in the 14th and 17th centuries. In addition to having obtained the power before Florence then Tuscany the Medici are known for having promoted the artistic, cultural, spiritual and scientific life of their time.After the visit of the palace, our tour continues in the Uffizi courtyard, following the exterior of the Vasari corridor you will reach Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge of Florence where you can take pictures and take a peek at the gold shops. Crossing the Old Bridge, you will be in front of the Pitti Palace,Now you will be free to taste one of the best gelato in town & continue exploring the city
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  • 3 hours
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$167.75
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The Medici Way - Florence walking tour including Palazzo Vecchio - Semi private

The Medici Way - Florence walking tour including Palazzo Vecchio - Semi private

Discover all the secrets of the Medici family, starting from San Lorenzo church and ending in front of the imposing Pitti Palace, with an enjoyable relaxed stoll in the footsteps of the Medici dynasty, that ruled the city in the 14th and 15th centuries. In addition to having obtained the power before Florence then Tuscany the Medici are known for having promoted the artistic, cultural, spiritual and scientific life of their time
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  • 3 hours
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$130.67
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PALAZZO VECCHIO and typical food

PALAZZO VECCHIO and typical food

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All our tours are guaranteed for max 6 persons. Our goal is to make you enjoy all the artworks and make you discover all their curiosities, that’s why our visits are longer than the average of other agencies and are preceded or followed by a coffee or an aperitif together with us (included in the price) All our tour are customizable on demand without sacrificing high quality
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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$94.66
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The Medici Family Kid-Friendly Tour w Palazzo Vecchio & Palazzo Medici

The Medici Family Kid-Friendly Tour w Palazzo Vecchio & Palazzo Medici

Discover the history of one of the most important dynasties in Italian Renaissance history and the early modern ages: The Medici of Florence. Our Walking Tour will give you and your family the chance to learn more about this family, composed of very intelligent and astute men and women, especially in the field of politics. In Florence, they acquired a certain political and economic importance from the 13th century onward, thanks above all to their success as bankers and traders. Thanks to our guide, the tour will be both fascinating and entertaining; in this way, the whole family will learn while having fun as they take part in a variety of stimulating activities and games.
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$118.63
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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 167 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 25.16. Guided Palazzo Vecchio tours start around USD 25.16 per person. See all 167 Palazzo Vecchio tickets and tours on Viator.
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