FLORENCE, ITALY - GUIDED TOURS OF THE PALAZZO VECCHIO

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Assorted tickets & tours, May 2015

Easy. I was so grateful we bought tickets ahead of time and avoided all the lines (in the hot sun).

We walked right in to all venues (some of which, like the Borghese Gallery, were sold out for days) with no problem.

Thank you!

Silke M. (Germany)

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Florence - a range of guided tours in and around Palazzo Vecchio

Florence, a range of Palazzo Vecchio guided tours
The Palazzo Vecchio tours
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You'll return home from Florence with enough photographs to fill several hard drives, and it's a pretty safe bet to assume that amongst them will be assorted shots of Florence's old town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio.

The Palazzo Vecchio sits in the heart of Florence, looking out onto Piazza Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David, as well as a gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi. As Town Halls go, it's pretty impressive, with it crenellated, fortress-like appearance. However, unlike, say, the Uffizi or the cathedral (Duomo), it tends to go unexplored. Photographed, yes ... entered, no. And that's a shame.

To remedy this then, our assorted tours of the Palazzo Vecchio, varied and interesting ways to get to know more of this fine building, its history and its treasure trove of art. See below for summaries and links to the tours.

The tours are not suitable for children under the age of 8, nor are they suitable for those in wheelchairs (although the building itself does have wheelchair access). You will need to arrive at the Palazzo Vecchio at least 15 minutes before the tour is due to start, but we'd recommend arriving as early as possible as all visitors are required to pass through a metal detector, and this inevitably takes some time.

Photographs of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar to the left*.

Once you've selected a date on the calendar we'll show you the tour options that are available, one or more of which may be of interest to you.

If you are interested in more details about these tours check the list below.

The Palazzo Vecchio - Secret Passages tour

Step back in time and admire some of the most recently restored (and previously closed to the public) rooms and passages of Florence's splendid town hall.

The Palazzo Vecchio - Quartieri Monumentali tour

A tour that concentrates on the building's artistic heritage, a place where architecture, minor arts, sculpture, and painting all come together in a micro-cosmos, a place where art and history have been inextricably intertwined for more than seven centuries.

The Palazzo Vecchio - Cosimo and Eleonor tour

Take the tour of the Quartieri Monumentali (above) and add on a 'Q and A' encounter with a period-costume resident from times-gone-by!

The Palazzo Vecchio - Discovering frescoes tour

Very much a hands-on tour, this one. Design, execute and colour your very own fresco with the assistance of an experienced teacher, and then go on, armed with your new insights, to explore the magnificent frescoes of the Palazzo Vecchio

Florence Dan Brown's Inferno tour.

The tour starts in the Palazzo Vecchio, with a visit to the imposing Salone dei Cinquecento, notable for its huge frescoes by Vasari with the mysterious message 'cerca trova' - seek and you shall find. The Chamber also features statues of the Medici family and Michelangelo's 'The Genius of Victory'. You will then proceed to the apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora, viewing the death mask of Dante Alighieri, and end up in the Stanza del Guardaroba - the hall of maps with the secret passage used by Langdon to escape from the Palazzo.

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