Guided tour of the Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio
1.5 hours

During this 90-minute experience, every nook and cranny, every masterpiece and every legend comes to life. This is where the Renaissance in Florence began.

Palazzo Vecchio was the former home of the Medici family, as well as the old and current government palace.

A place with many names: Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo di Piazza or Palazzo Ducale, it has been the center of the city’s power in Florence since the first foundation stone was laid.

After meeting your tour guide in Piazza della Signoria at the agreed spot stated in your confirmation email upon ordering, you will tour the palace to discover its hidden secrets, legends and masterpieces.

Beautiful spots, normally off-limits, will open up before your eyes. If you want to find out more about the lives of the Medici, their guests, and the mysterious palace plots that go hand in hand with power, all you have to do is join us on one of our tours.

You won’t easily forget this experience: even Dan Brown fell in love with the Palazzo Vecchio and wrote about it in his book Inferno.

What you can expect from this experience:

Salone dei Cinquecento (‘Hall of the Five Hundred’)

Immense and spectacular, it was built in the late fifteenth century. Originally called ‘the Great Council Hall’, it now holds a large part of Tuscan and Florentine history. Along with your guide you will be able to admire the wonderful works of art that depict the history of Florence, such as the war against Pisa and the war against Siena. Pay attention: you will discover that two distinguished artists worked together in this room at the same time. Try to find where Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti laid their skillful hands!

Homes of the Gods

Here you will learn that like any self-respecting stately residence, the Palazzo della Signoria had special apartments for its guests. In the Home of the ‘Earthly Gods’, you will meet various key members of the Medici family.

On the second floor you will enter the Home of ‘Heavenly Gods’, which holds some of the most beautiful rooms you can imagine, such as the Hall of the Elements and the Hall of Jupiter.

The Ducal Apartments

Transport yourself to Medici times in the heart of their private chambers. Wander through Eleanora’s apartments, Cosimo’s wife.

Marvel at Bronzino’s talent, portraitist for the Medici family, as you admire his magnificent work in the Chapel of Eleonora.

Sala Dei Gigli (‘The Lilies Room’)

A pleasant discovery awaits you here as you revel in the mastery of Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes. Uncover the story behind this magnificent sculpture.

The Hall of Maps

Let yourself be enthralled by the maps’ meticulous detail and precision. However, you will learn that the alternative name for this room is ‘Wardrobe’. You will be amazed by the reason why!

Disclaimer: Palazzo Vecchio is an active political site. Due to unforeseen planned events, access to the Salone dei Cinquecento is NOT guaranteed. It may only be possible to view the Hall from the second floor during your visit.

What's excluded

  • Climb up the Arnolfo Tower
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Extra

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Accessibility

What's included

  • Entrance tickets for Palazzo Vecchio
  • Certified tour guide
  • Small groups

Participation fee

  • Group tours
    • Adults (13 to 99+ years old): € 52.90 per person
    • Children (5 to 12 years old): € 34 per person
    • Infants (0 to 5 years old): € 0.00
  • Private tour
    • 1 person: € 179
    • 2 people: € 104 per person
    • From 3 to 15 people: € 75 per person
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