Florence - the Palazzo Vecchio 'Quartieri Monumentali tour'
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.
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.
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