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Florence, 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.

The Palazzo Vecchio - Secret Passages tour

Florence - discover some 'secrets' of the Palazzo Vecchio

An interestingly different tour, this one ... 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 (Palazzo Vecchio).

The tour lasts an hour and half and it runs in English.

The tour offers the chance to see Gualtieri di Brienee's mediaeval stairway, and the private chambers of the Grand Dukes Francesco and Cosimo de' Medici. These splendid rooms, the 'Studiolo' and the 'Tesoretto', linked by secret passages, offered a rare chance of privacy for the rulers of Florence. You'll also get to admire the splendid frescoes and panels of the Salone del Cinquecento.

After the tour you'll be free to explore the rest of the museum on your own.

Opening hours, 15th June-30th September
Mondays: 10.00AM, 11.30 AM, 02.30PM, 04.00PM, 09.00PM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:10.00AM, 11.30 AM, 02.30PM, 04.00PM
Thursdays: 10.00AM, 11.30 AM

Opening hours, 1st October-15th June
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 10.00AM, 11.30AM, 02.30PM, 04.00PM
Thursdays: 10.00AM, 11.30AM

The Palazzo Vecchio

Undoubtedly one of the most photographed buildings in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio sits in the very centre of the city, looking out onto Piazza dell Signoria and down onto the replica of Michelangelo's David. In the year 2000 some 'private' areas were opened to the public for the first time, and now may be visited accompanied by an expert tour guide (please note that the maximum group size is 12 people). Shown in the photograph above is the splendid decorated ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento.

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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 tour (available in English, Italian and French) last roughly an hour, with an expert tour guide accompanying you to explore and explain a series of splendid works of art ... the marble group of The Genius of Victory by Michelangelo, the bronze group of Judith and Olopherne by Donatello, the Putto with dolphin by Verrocchio, the frescoes of Agnolo Bronzino in the Chapel of Eleonora, the Siege of Siena at the Porta Camollia by Giorgio Vasari, and the Triumph of Camillus by Francesco Salviati.
We also offer another version of this tour - it is followed by a brief 'question and answer' section with an actor playing the role of an illustrious former resident - details here.

The tour comes to an end in a room normally hidden from visitors; the 'Camerino' of the Duchess Bianca Cappello, second wife of Francesco I de’ Medici is accessed via a secret passage hidden behind a map in the map room. The small study was built at the end of the 16th century, and, from a small secret window, offers a spyhole peek into the goings-on in the enormous 'Salone dei Cinquecento' below.

The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8, nor is it 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.

We're now offering an interesting assortment of tours in and around the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's Town Hall, although that name doesn't really do it justice in the imagination!), and this one 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.

Undoubtedly one of the most photographed buildings in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio sits in the very centre of the city, looking out onto Piazza dell Signoria and down onto the replica of Michelangelo's David.

[Click here to see all of our Palazzo Vecchio tours]

The Palazzo Vecchio - Cosimo and Eleonor tour

Florence - the Palazzo Vecchio, a tour of the building and a chance to go back in time and 'talk' to some famous residents from history!

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!

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We're now offering an interesting assortment of tours in and around the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's Town Hall, although that name doesn't really do it justice in the imagination!), and this one finishes in an unusual fashion. After you've spent roughly an hour touring the building (the tour is essentially this one), you'll end up in a theatre where you'll enjoy an 'audience' at the noble court, with Duke Cosimo or Duchess Eleonora, impersonated by historically knowledgeable actors in full period costume.

Undoubtedly one of the most photographed buildings in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio sits in the very centre of the city, looking out onto Piazza dell Signoria and down onto the replica of Michelangelo's David.

The tour and meeting (available in English, Italian and French) last roughly an hour and a quarter in total, and you'll be offered a chance to ask questions to give you an understanding of the differences between modern day Florence and the Florence of the sixteenth century.

The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8, nor is it suitable for those in wheelchairs (although the building itself does have wheelchair access)and is available at the following times:

This tour is not available in high season.

From 30th September to 15th June tour is available on:

Sundays: 04.30PM.

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.

Palazzo Vecchio frescoes, hands-on tour

Florence - the Palazzo Vecchio, a tour of the frescoes and a hands-on lesson in creating your own fresco.

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

Undoubtedly one of the most photographed buildings in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio sits in the very centre of the city, looking out onto Piazza dell Signoria and down onto the replica of Michelangelo's David.

The tour and lesson (available in English, Italian and French) last roughly an hour and a half, with an expert tour guide accompanying you (after your practical lesson in creating a fresco) to explore and explain frescoes by, amongst others, Francesco Salviati, Ghirlandaio and Bronzino.

The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8, nor is it suitable for those in wheelchairs (although the building itself does have wheelchair access)and is available at the following times:

From 16th of June to 30th of September
All days: 10.30 AM, 04:30 PM.
Thursdays: 10.30 AM

From 1st of October to 15th of June
Mondays: 2.30 PM

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.

We're now offering an interesting assortment of tours in and around the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's Town Hall, although that name doesn't really do it justice in the imagination!), and this one is somewhat different; you'll have the chance to create your own small fresco, creating the design, preparing the materials and discovering the implements used, and then going on to apply the colouring. The museum has produced a short video here (external YouTube link).

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Florence Dan Brown's Inferno tour.

Follow the path of Robert Langdon from Dan Brown's novel Inferno through some of the most striking buildings in Florence:
- discover the 'Cerca Trova' (seek and you shall find) message and Dante's death mask.
- view Dante's house and the Baptistery.
- Includes a 24 hour ticket to get into the Duomo, climb Giotto's tower and visit the Opera del Duomo museum

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.

Leaving the Palazzo Vecchio, the tour follows the same path as Langdon, passing the tower where Mr Zobrist commits suicide and Leonardo da Vinci's house, and visiting the home and church of Dante Alighieri.

The tour then arrives at the spectacular Duomo and enters the Baptistery where you can see the plaque featuring the 'black death', the splendid 'Gates of Paradise' and the crowning mosaic ceiling.

After the tour, and for the following 24 hours, your ticket will grant you admittance to the Cupola and the Campanile with it's breathtaking view over Florence. It also covers entrance to the remains of the ancient cathedral and to the Opera del Duomo museum.

Please note that since the tour includes a visit to religious buildings there is a strict dress code - please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tee-shirts or other inappropriate clothing or you may be denied entry.

The tour lasts 3 hours and runs from April to October – on Mondays , Wednesdays and Saturdays and from November to March only on Saturday.
This tour is not available on the first Saturday of every month.

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