Tour of the Secret Passages

Studiolo di Francesco I
Category: Museum Tickets
Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Tour language:
Cappella di Eleonora di Toledo La Storia del furto nello Studiolo di Francesco I Palazzo Vecchio Veduta Camera Verde Palazzo Vecchio Cappella Eleonora Palazzo Vecchio Salone di Cosimo

Visit the Secret Passages without queuing up!

With 3 simple steps you can buy tickets and visit the Secret Passages of the Old Palace without standing in line.

With a few clicks you can see the Starway of the Duke of Athens, the Studiolo of Francesco I, the Tesoretto of Cosimo I and the trusses of the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento.

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What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Enjoy this intriguing tour inside the Old Palace
  • Admire the amazing Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :

  • EU and not EU citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Any handicapped person accompanied by the certificate of disability and the escort

Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.


For everyone


1 hour and 15 minutes


Maximum of 12 persons accompanied by expert guides.

Disabled Visitors

The Tour of the Secret Passages is not wheelchair accessible.

General Informations

  • The main entrance to the Palace is in Via dei Gondi. For security reasons, at both entrances, visitors are asked to pass through metal detectors and eventually be checked by the municipal policemen. Security controls can slow the access to the Palace, so it is highly recommended to arrive some time before the planned schedule.
  • You must be at the Palace 15 minutes before your scheduled entrance time to redeem your tickets.
  • All the guided tours in Palazzo Vecchio need to be reserved. If you want to see the Palace by your own, you can enter through the side door, in Via dei Gondi without reservation, but at the ticket office you have to respect the line.
  • All activities for children require the presence of an adult.
  • Occasionally tours are cancelled because Palazzo Vecchio is still a functioning civic government building. In case of cancelled tours, you will be notified.
The Old Palace is located in Signoria Square - Florence.

The Starway of the Duke of Athens

The Stairway was commissioned by Gualtieri VI di Brienne (called the Duke of Athens) between 1342 and 1343 and it was built into the depths of the walls. It finishes in a tiny door opening onto Via della Ninna commissioned by the Duke as an escape from his apartments, and it was effectively used when he was expelled from the city of Florence. Now along the path there are some windows that were opened in the wall after the construction of the starway.

The Studiolo of Francesco I

It's a small room without windows that Francesco I used as a place of reflection and where he cultivated his interests in science and alchemy. Painted between 1570 and 1572 by a group of artists led by Giorgio Vasari, it's decorated with themes, dictated by Vincenzo Borghini, relating to the Four Elements and with images that allude to the materials stored inside the hidden wardrobes.

The Tesoretto of Cosimo I

Built around 1545, it had to preserve rare and precious items, personal documents, medicinal plants and other object of scientific interest. In 1559 was redecorated by Giorgio Vasari and his team of artists, with religious themes (the Four Evangelists) and the personifications of the Arts and the Muses. it represents one of the most important manifestations of the Princes' passion for collecting.

Salone dei Cinquecento

This impressive hall was built in 1494 by Simone del Pollaiolo, called "il Cronaca", and Francesco di Domenico, and it took its name from the Council of Five Hundred which met here. Among the special features of this hall, we note the ceiling trusses made between 1563 and 1565 by Giorgio Vasari and his team, with themes dictated by Vincenzo Borghini; in the 42 lacunars we recognize allegories of the neighborhoods of Florence and the domains of the Duchy, while the center is dominated by the Apotheosis of Cosimo I.

Cappella di Eleonora di Toledo La Storia del furto nello Studiolo di Francesco I Palazzo Vecchio Veduta Camera Verde Palazzo Vecchio Cappella Eleonora Palazzo Vecchio Salone di Cosimo Palazzo Vecchio Veduta Cortile
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