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Palazzo Vecchio Tours & Tickets

Palazzo Vecchio is so much more than just a Palace. As the symbol of civil power in Florence, it is one of the most important buildings in the whole of Tuscany. Rich in history, with majestic and impressive architecture, it’s a beautiful site to see. Book your Palazzo Vecchio tickets ahead so you can visit the stunning palace with some of the most legendary masterpieces of Renaissance art around

Want to travel in time? Book your Palazzo Vecchio tickets today!

Countless visitors have described their experience of tours at Palazzo Vecchio to time travel. Why? The mix of architectural styles and a variety of sculptures, paintings, and ornate facades certainly all tell the story of different parts of Florentine and Italian history. Also known as the Palazzo della Signoria, it has been the stronghold of the Florentine government for over 700 years. The building itself was constructed to house the Priori delle Arti and the Gonfaloniere of Justice. Together they represented the city’s supreme governing body. Likewise, it was home to the powerful Medici family. Palazzo Vecchio is still the Florence town hall, a museum with masterpieces by Donatello, houses a most noteworthy copy of the world famous Michelangelo’s David Statue and it also contains Roman ruins and a Medieval fortress. 

For history buffs, art-lovers and Italianophiles, there is a Palazzo Vecchio tour for you! 

Palazzo Vecchio Tour: Visitor Highlights

#PalazzoVecchio: Point, Aim & Shoot

Palazzo Vecchio Tickets: Buying Tips

Quick Facts

City

Florence

Known For

Renaissance Art & Architecture

Activity Type

Palazzo Vecchio

Yearly Visitors

6.2 Million (Florence Museums)

High Season

July & August

Currency Required

European Euro

Time Zone

GMT +2:00

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Palazzo Vecchio Tour: Visitor Highlights

Do not leave Florence without a tour of the secret passages of Palazzo Vecchio! Why not visit the iconic seat of power as part of your extended Florentine tour? 
  • Salone dei Cinquecento: containing the famous frescoes by Vasari, with the mysterious message “Cerca Trovaerca Trova” (Seek and You Shall Find) at the top right of the painting.
  • “Duke of Athens staircase”: a secret escape passageway built within the walls of the building.
  • Hall of Geographical Maps: discover the secret route that inspired Dan Brown for his character Langdon to escape the building.
  • The famous Dante Alighieri Death Mask: located between the Apartments of Eleanor and the Halls of Priors.
  • The hidden "Studiolo de Francesco I": commissioned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
* Many of these are only accessible when you reserve the guided tour Palazzo Vecchio in the footsteps of Dan Brown.
  • Torre di Arnolfo or “Arnolfo Tower”: this tower built by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1310 has a secret spot used to imprison Cosimo the Elder, sentenced to exile. Note: access to the tower is suspended in the case of rain.
  • Uffizi Gallery & Palazzo Vecchio Firenze: Millions of people queue to see the Renaissance palace and its masterpieces at Florence’s most famous art gallery. Don’t have skip-the-line Ufizzi tickets? No worries, take a private Palazzo Vecchio tour and you’ll be able to sneak into the Ufizzi Gallery!

Did you know? The Palazzo map reveals a secret passageway, the “Vasari Corridor” to the Ufizzi Gallery. This passageway also tunneled to the other Ducal residence, the Palazzo Pitti. And yes, with the right ticket you can use this secret tunnel! 


#PalazzoVecchio: Point, Aim & Shoot

Make sure you have plenty of space on your camera or smartphone for snaps of the photogenic Palazzo Vecchio. This splendid Palace is Instagram paradise: rooms dripping with art in the Renaissance chambers, and idyllic courtyards with tinkling fountains. With so much to see, what are the most instagrammable spots? 
  • The copy of Michelangelo’s David Statue, in the Piazza della Signoria
  • The magnificent Salone dei Cinquecento (grand hall)
  • Hall of Lilies: lavishly decorated & fitted with wooden doors covered with images of Dante
Got a winner? Choose your best snap from one of the three most instagrammable spots listed above, post it on your IG, and tag #dotravelgram to be featured.

Palazzo Vecchio Tickets: Buying Tips

  • Do your homework: This is possibly the most sumptuous and richly decorated city hall in the world. From the many hidden entrances, secret corners & ghost paintings, there are also legends of battles between the Renaissance giants Michelangelo & Da Vinci and more. 
  • Save money with a combination ticket: Want to see both the Palazzo Vecchio Firenze & the Uffizi Gallery? Or get a 2-in-1 ticket with the Palazzos Pitti & Vecchio? 
  • “Ask me anything”: Book one of the Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages tour tickets or a Florence walking tour to learn all about the stories behind the walls. 
  • Short on time? Choose fast pass tower of Palazzo Vecchio tickets and make sure you are first through those photographed doors! 

FAQ

How many steps are in the Palazzo Vecchio Tower?

There are 233 steps to the top. Please note, there is no elevator access. Children under 6 years old are not allowed to climb the tower, and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

What is inside the Palazzo Vecchio Florence Italy?

This spectacular city hall houses an archaeological site, a medieval fortress, a chamber of Renaissance artwork, the famous Tower and much more!

Why was the Palazzo Vecchio built?

Originally the Palazzo del Popolo di Firenze or “Palace of the People”, was built out of the need for a new location for the Florentine government, so as to reflect the rising influence and power of the city.

Do you need tickets for Palazzo Vecchio di Firenze?

Yes, you can certainly book your tickets to Palazzo Vecchio online to ensure you see the famous Palazzo Vecchio ghost picture at the Palazzo Vecchio museum and tower. For reservations and Palazzo Theatre show timings book your Palacio Vecchio tickets online (audio guides & video guides available). Finally, for Museo di Palazzo Vecchio tickets and tours for families of the tower go to the ticket office or search the best deals online.

What are the Palazzo Vecchio hours?

The Palazzo Vecchio opening hours are from Friday to Wednesday: 9 am - 11 pm and Thursday 9 am - 2 pm (Between the 1st of April until the 30th of September). In contrast, between the 1st of October until the 31st of March the hours are from Friday to Wednesday: 9 am to 7 pm.

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