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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
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
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$28.69 per adult
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Highly recommend this beautiful view of Florence. The tickets were easy to pick up and the tour started promptly.
Megan_F, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Amazing Tour
Bryan_L, Oct 2021
Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour
Fabrizio from City Florence Tours was a brilliant guide on our visit to Palazzo Vecchio. He was excellent, from helping us through the Covid/Vaccination checks, to his knowledge and passion for Florence history in general and the Palazzo Vecchio in detail. The Hall of the 500 and the walk through the Medici rooms was exactly what we wanted. Being a private tour we didn't need to use headsets to hear which made it more informal and intimate than other tours we've been on. Thanks Fabrizio!
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Great ... one more time next year
DrVIOREL_B, Sep 2021
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
The whole visit was excellent and should be repeated in one year at least. The construction itself just iradiates pride, courage and dignity. The studiolo is a absolute must, but extensively read about it before.
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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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Palazzo Vecchio
Jan_Y, Jan 2020
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
this was a very special place, particularly to see the Vasari paintings which are magnificent and the Medici apartments. well worth a visit
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Palazzo Vechio
Matthew_S, Dec 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Private Tour
We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions we had. It was great to hear a little history of the Medici family.
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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.
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Uffizi is spectacular
Lea_P, Oct 2019
Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Uffizi Gallery is spectacular. Our tour guide, Eris, so incredibly educated on all the pieces and provided wonderful insights, things we would have never known if we had gone on our own.
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great experience
WonJeong_K, Oct 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
I wanted to see the complete view of duomo rather than climb it so I chose palazzo vecchio and it was a great choice. the weather was nice, the agent was great and the view was remarkable. highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour and incredible guide.
Stephen_T, Aug 2018
Palazzo Vecchio Morning Guided Tour
Tour was great and our guide was highly intelligent and engaging with our children ages 15, 12, 10. Every tour we took with Viator in Rome Florence Venice was excellent
star-5
Great way to see Florence
Joseph_A, Oct 2018
Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour with Palazzo Vecchio
We had a very knowledgeable tour guide. It was nice seeing the sites on a private tour so we could take as much or as little time as we wanted along the way. She met us right at our hotel so we wasted no time in getting started, even recommended a local non-tourist place for lunch. We really enjoyed this.
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Palazzio Vecchio
Curiosity156166, Oct 2019
Palazzo Vecchio - Skip the Line Priority Ticket
Lots of things to see but so little time. Hard to find the office to exchange voucher for tickets. Had to ask people for the street since the policewoman I asked didn’t even know the address
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Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
Edgar_C, May 2019
Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence
I had an excellent time in my guided tour to the Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour in Florence, Alla our guide was very fun to have as our guide and she also was very knowledgeable. An excellent experience and I definitely would recommend it to anybody. Thank you Alla!

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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