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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 and free tickets
- European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.
- Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
1 hour and 15 minutes
Maximum of 12 persons accompanied by expert guides.
The Tour of the Secret Passages is not wheelchair accessible.
- 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.
29 Jul 2015
My boyfriend and I decided to stop in Palazzo Vecchio after visiting many sites around the area. We managed to find some space on some steps which are a very popular resting point. We grabbed some lunch and sat for a while talking in the surroundings. This square is a great place for people watching, looking at some of the...
29 Jul 2015
The statutes sorrounding the Palazzo is just unbelievable. To see the replica of the statue David is awesome. The skill needed to create these works of art is hard to fathom.
28 Jul 2015
Hotel Davanzati was excellent, starting from their email recommendations for tours and how to make the most out of our trip. Ristorante Grotto Guelfa was really good and steps away from the hotel. The restaurants Gargani and Natalino were two excellent recommendations for dinner from Fabrizio's son. Staying in a family-run hotel added a nice personal touch.
28 Jul 2015
Such architecture, & especially magic on summer nights, with such lovely air &breezes &statues lit &glowing, and by day a trip back in time - sometimes with an auto expo!
28 Jul 2015
Climbing the tower is a must! The views are stunning, I would recommend doing the Palazzo Vecchio before the bell tower and dome as you get much better views of them both. The museum is lovely too, some really nice rooms.
27 Jul 2015
A must-see when doing the Florence sightseeing circuit. The exteriors are amazing. Located in the center of the city, it's easy to walk or take a cab. Go early in the morning to avoid entry lines.
26 Jul 2015
The palace is lovely. It houses a museum. Though I am not an art lover, I liked the museum. Take the tour of the battlements and the tower if possible. The views of the city are excellent.
26 Jul 2015
I just find it fascinating to see mideivel buildings intact. This building is gorgeous! I just sat outside staring at it but you will find in Italy that the you think you found something that cannot get any better but it does. It can be overwhelming.
26 Jul 2015
We booked a one hour tour in the Palazzo and learned a lot of interesting facts- on top of enjoying all the beautifull rooms - especially the ceilings. Our 14 year old son also had a great time there. Our 6 year old - who do not understand English - was a Little bored though. For him it would have...
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24 Jul 2015
The palace is huge. We were in and out because we had the Firenze card and we only wanted to see Dante's Deathmask. If you have time, try and go up to the clock tower. There's a lot to see in the palace.