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The 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio has been the symbol of this Renaissance capital’s political power for more than seven centuries. With its imposing crenellated roofline and defensive tower, it dominates Piazza della Signoria and is home to the luxurious chambers of the Medici family. Visiting Palazzo Vecchio for a peek into Renaissance Florence is a rite of passage for visitors.

The Basics
The “Old Palace” was built in the early 1300s and sumptuously redecorated by the ruling Medici family in the 16th century when Grand Duke Cosimo I transferred his official seat here from Palazzo Medici. The courtyards, official halls, and private apartments feature elaborately decorated ceilings and statues by such luminaries as Donatello and Michelangelo, giving a sense of the wealth of Florence’s most powerful family during the height of the Renaissance. The most important rooms are the vast Salone dei Cinquecento, decorated by the celebrated Renaissance painter Giorgio Vasari and used as seat of the 500-member Grand Council; the secret Studiolo di Francesco I, also decorated by Vasari; and the Map Room.

Because of the palazzo's wealth of art and history, its museum is best visited with a tour guide, especially during the crowded months between May and October, when the wait to enter can be long and skip-the-line tickets are a must. Visitors can also tour the archaeological excavations under the building's foundations to see the uncovered remains of the Roman theater of Florentia.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The palazzo's soaring Arnolfo Tower offers stupendous views of Florence and the surrounding hills of Tuscany; children under 6 are not allowed to climb the tower.
  • Most of Palazzo Medici is dedicated to the museum where visitors can take in important Renaissance art and architecture, but the building is also still the seat of local government and home to the mayor's office and city council.
  • Backpacks and bags are not allowed inside Palazzo Vecchio; lockers available for a charge at the entrance.
  • Most of the palazzo is accessible to wheelchairs, with exception of the tower and mezzanine level.

How to Get There
Palazzo Vecchio is in the southern corner of Piazza della Signoria, a short stroll from the Uffizi Gallery. By bus, take the C1 to Galleria Delgi Uffizi, then walk one block west or take the C2 to Porta Rossa and walk three blocks east.

When to Get There
The museums are open daily but close on Thursday afternoons. The palazzo can be very crowded at midday, so consider joining a tour in the early morning before most visitors arrive or at sunset to avoid the busiest time and enjoy the view from the tower.

The Vasari Corridor
This secret passage that runs between Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti was commissioned by the Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1565 and designed by Giorgio Vasari. Once a secret route used by the Medici family to travel through the city, the corridor is now an art gallery and can be visited in small groups as part of a private tour.
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Address: Piazza della Signoria, Florence 50123, Italy
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Hours: Open daily 9am - 7pm. Closed on Easter, Dec 25 and Aug 15
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Palazzo Vecchio Tour, Including the Arnolfo Tower and Underground

Get to know the Palazzo Vecchio, the center of Florence's civic power, during this 2.5-hour guided tour, including skip the line access. Listen as your art historian guide bring history to life through their commentary while exploring the Salone dei Cinquecento, the palazzo's tower and the excavations being done underneath the building. Get panoramic views of Florence from the top of the battlements with your small group, limited to 15 people or fewer to ensure personalized attention.
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Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This 2.5-hour small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, checking off top attractions such as The Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and Giotto's Bell Tower.
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Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence

Discover Florence’s artistic and architectural treasures with the help of a local expert on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Wander through a labyrinth of winding medieval streets as you learn the legends behind famous landmarks like the Palazzo Vecchio, Vasari Corridor, and the Duomo Cathedral. Set your own pace and take advantage of personalized attention from your guide for a fascinating introduction to the birthplace of the Renaissance.
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Florence Small-Group Walking Tour with David & Duomo

Discover Florence on a small-group walking tour that includes skip-the-line admission to the Galleria dell’Accademia. With a guide, explore the historical center of Florence to admire its renowned art, architecture and sites like Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Then cruise past the typically long line at the Accademia Gallery to see its famous artwork, including Michelangelo’s ‘David’ statue. This tour includes all the classic sites such as the Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Galleria dell’Accademia with the world famous David. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience.
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Medici's Mile plus Pitti Palace and Museums, or Boboli Gardens

Trace the footsteps of Florence’s powerful Medici family and learn how these medieval art patrons helped spark the Renaissance. Visit Medici chapels and palaces while hearing tales of court intrigue and scandals. Follow the historic Vasari Corridor that dukes and duchesses used to cross the city in secret, and finish across the River Arno with included admission to your choice of either the Palazzo Pitti — the last Medici residence — or the royal Boboli Gardens.
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Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

Visit a pair of Florence's prime attractions without the long lines on this small-group morning tour. Beat the crowds with early access to the renowned Uffizi Gallery, where you'll take a chronological tour through Renaissance highlights by Giotto, Michelangelo, Titian, and other masters. Hear the stories behind the art, and then journey across the river to the splendid Palazzo Vecchio for a guided tour of this former residence of the powerful Medici family.
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Palazzo Vecchio Morning Guided Tour

Step back in time to the height of Medici power in Florence with a guided morning tour of the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio. Learn the history behind the city's grand gathering place and former town hall that was transformed into a resplendent private palace by Renaissance Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Wander through opulent salons and secret passages as your guide points out artistic treasures and hidden symbols, many of which inspired Dan Brown’s thriller ‘Inferno.'
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Florence Palazzo Vecchio and Arnolfo Tower Sunset Tour with Optional Dinner or Aperitivo

Explore Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s imposing town hall, on a 1.5-hour evening tour. As the sun goes down over the city, walk around the one-time fortress with a guide to hear tales of its past when it was the focal point of Florentine power. Admire the Hall of the Five Hundred among other rooms adorned with artwork, and soak up city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower. Enhance the experience with an ‘aperitivo’ or dinner, and gaze out over Piazza della Signoria as you eat. Numbers are limited to 25 people.
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Florence Medici Mile Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Medicis, Florence’s Renaissance-era rulers, on this walking tour. Stroll the route dubbed the ‘Medici Mile’ to see buildings and treasures funded and constructed by this wealthy family, who helped nurture the Italian Renaissance. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Duomo, trace the exterior of the Vasari Corridor, and see the Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, and other residences as you hear about the dynasty’s history, patronage, and power struggles.
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Small-Group and Skip-the-Line Uffizi Gallery Renaissance Tour

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Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Florence Walking Tour

Team a skip-the-line tour of the Accademia Gallery with a tour of the historical center of Florence. Perfect for first-time visitors to the Tuscan city, the experience starts with a walk to see key monuments such as Florence Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. Hear their history and secrets from your guide, then step inside the Uffizi Gallery to discover its wealth of Italian artwork. Gaze at renowned works including Botticelli's Birth of Venus, and learn about the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and more.
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Welcome to Florence Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy an introduction to Florence on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. During this 90-minute stroll through the Renaissance city, learn about its famous art, architecture and history as you see sights like Ponte Vecchio and Florence Cathedral, aka the Duomo.
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Private Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

See the best of Florence with a private walking tour focused on the Renaissance. Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of Florence's highlights, exploring its charming streets and pretty piazzas as you learn about monuments along the way.
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Welcome to Florence Orientation Tour: City Stroll and Gelato

Get an overview of Florence before jumping feet first into this vibrant Renaissance city. This 2.5-hour walking tour provides the ultimate introduction to the major sights, hidden gems, and food scene, so you can properly enjoy the city later on. Admire must-sees like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, discover neighborhoods beloved by locals, and get insider tips on restaurants and tucked-way gems. Break for an authentic Florentine gelato (ice-cream) along the way.
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Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio

Explore the elegant Palazzo Vecchio in Florence with a private guide and learn about the Medici family who ruled the city for more than three centuries. A local guide shares stories about the connection between the Medici family and the renowned artists of the Renaissance period. A private tour ensures a personalized experience.
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Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour with Palazzo Vecchio

Discover the treasures of Florence on a private walking tour that takes you inside some of the city’s most captivating monuments. Enter the Florence cathedral under the famous Duomo, and admire Renaissance art and mysterious halls in the Palazzo Vecchio, a former Medici palace. Ask all the questions you want as you visit other landmarks like the romantic Ponte Vecchio bridge and ancient Piazza della Repubblica.
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Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

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Private tour Dan Brown Inferno Tour of Florence

Engross yourself in all things Dan Brown and Dante in this guided Inferno-themed tour of Florence. Follow the tracks of Dan Brown's famous protagonist, Robert Langton, to the secret passages and the Salone dei Cinquecento, where you'll marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo, among others. Visit the apartments of Cosimo, see Dante Alighieri's death mask, step inside the Palazzo Vecchio, get a look at Dante's former home, and more.
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Private Tour: 2 Hours Florence Walking Tour

Discover the rich artistic legacy and hidden gems of Florence on a private, 2.5-hour walking tour. Feel transported back in time wandering through well-preserved medieval streets and charming piazzas, while an art historian guide shares tales from the city’s illustrious past and points out details many visitors miss. See highlights of the historic city center including the Duomo, St John’s Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the artisan quarter of Oltrarno. 
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Private Piazza della Signoria and Skip-the-Line Palazzo Vecchio Tour

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Florence Walking Tour: Intro to the City

If it's your first time in Florence, then take this intro tour of the city, and discover the history behind the world's Renaissance capital. Exploring by foot, you'll stop to see treasures such as Florence Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, the history-rich bridge that spans the River Arno. Stroll through the handsome piazzas of the city's centro storico, pose for photos, and glean fun facts about life in Florence through the ages.
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Private Tour for Kids: Looking for Cosimo I in Florence

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Classic Florence Walking Tour

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