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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 about 75 minutes 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.

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 7 people).

4.8 stars out of 5 from 92 ratings. See all 68 reviews

5 stars
JG, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
24th Aug 2023
Brilliant tour. Just the ten of us. The secret passage tour was brilliant and not too busy. The guide was fabulous. Best one in our holiday. Would recommend to anyone to do this.
5 stars
KT, United States
18th Aug 2023
Our guide was amazing! The tour was interesting and informative. Absolutely loved this tour!
5 stars
Henry, United States
14th Jul 2023
Great tour. Very enthusiastic tour guide
5 stars
SB, Greece
4th May 2023
Great tour and a very good guide Giacomo! He made the tour way too interesting!!
5 stars
AP, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
3rd Mar 2023
Really good tour , interesting and enjoyable. Lots of steps in small spaces so not suitable for everyone!
5 stars
JP, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
7th Oct 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour .. thanks to Pamela, who was able to secure us tickets when nobody else could