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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.

Opening hours are typically 9.00 AM until 11.00 PM (9.00 AM to 2.00 PM on Thursdays) from April until September, closing at 7.00 PM instead of 11.00 PM from October until March. The ticket office closes one hour before the building closes.

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 80 ratings. See all 59 reviews

5 stars
LD, United States
7th Jul 2021
Fantastic and unique tour that I would highly recommend. Tour guide was very knowledgable and spoke perfect English.
5 stars
VH, China
5th Dec 2019
There are many steps, so be sure to be fit when you register for this visit. Our guide, Marion, was good and knowledgeable.
5 stars
Casbeth, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
23rd Oct 2019
This is a fabulous tour. I have recommended it to 3 different groups of family/friends now, and every group has agreed that it was informative, intriguing and a great way to see how the Palazzo Vecchio was used. The art inside is also spectacular.
5 stars
BR, Australia
21st Sep 2019
Brilliant, best tour yet. Laura was fantastic. We all thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
5 stars
MT, Austria
24th Jul 2019
Our visit was very interesting and entertaining. We have been a small group of 11 people and our guide was very kind and presented the historical details with a great sense of humour. We enjoyed the possibility to see parts of the Palazzo Vecchio which were inaccessible for regular visitors.
5 stars
Katie, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
20th Jun 2019
Great tour, really knowledgable guide and it was interesting to see the restricted areas and find out more about them. Would have loved to go through the corridor linking the Palazzo Vecchio with the uffizi gallery for a look too.