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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 86 ratings. See all 63 reviews

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
5 stars
DB, Guatemala
29th Aug 2022
A very different and cool tour, gave a real insight into a couple of members of the Medici family who lived there...and who isn't intrigued by secret passages in old palaces!
5 stars
EW, United States
16th Jul 2022
The tour was great, it’s worth doing it - to see the secret rooms and the passages and hear the stories behind it.
5 stars
FT, Australia
9th Jun 2022
Laura, our guide, was absolutely fantastic! She was friendly, professional, enthusiastic, fun, informative and was the main reason our tour was so enjoyable. It would have been great to have a visit to the tower included (added to the price of the tour to cover it) and a little bit more time in the Salone dei Cinquecento. I loved the tour and have recommended it to others already! Thank you, Laura :)!
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.