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Palazzo Vecchio Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Grab this skip-the-line ticket to get a glimpse into the building's brilliant history and design, a must-do when in Florence!

Highlights

  • Enjoy priority access to the 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio Museum and enter Renaissance Florence.

  • Discover personal collectibles of the famous house of Medici and stroll through the courtyards, official halls, and apartments with decorated ceilings and statues.

  • Opt for the optional tour of secret passages to get a firsthand look at the gleaming treasures and hidden rooms of the Medici family.

  • Explore the vast Salone dei Cinquecento, painted by Michelangelo and Da Vinci and see Donatello’s bronze sculpture of Judith, which depicts the assassination of Holofernes.

  • Marvel at the over 50 hand-painted maps that decorate the Room of Maps and the greatest Renaissance artworks in the 'Hall of the 500'.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Palazzo Vecchio

  • Skip-the-line entry tickets

  • Lunch in a Tuscan restaurant (optional)

  • Expert English or Italian-speaking guide (optional)

  • Tour of the secret passages & rooms (optional)

  • Earphones (optional)

Exclusions

  • Food & Beverages

  • Hotel Transfers

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United States, United Kingdom, Belgium and over 20 countries have loved this experience
Kimberly Lord

Kimberly

5/5

May, 2024

Great tour. The ticket instructions were not clear though on where to meet. Apparently it was by the lion fountain inside entrance but our tickets didn't say that so we wandered around for awhile
Ian Percival

Ian

4/5

May, 2024

It was a very interesting tour conducted by an excellent guide who knew her subject and explained things well in a friendly way, all in excellent English.
Nigel Hooper

Nigel

5/5

Apr, 2024

Our tour guide was very good - she was very knowledgeable and therefore very interesting and informative. She gave us an understanding of the history of the palace and the people who lived there. She also took us through a secret door which showed us an extra area which was a bonus. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
DUMONT Kathleen

Dumont

5/5

Apr, 2024

The guided tour of the secret passages is extraordinary. Julia the guide is friendly and full of anecdotes. Warning: the indicated meeting point is not the right one. You have to go inside to exchange the voucher for real tickets, and you'll be told where to meet.
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Vanna Iotti

Vanna

5/5

Apr, 2024

Dr. Francesca was very clear and engaging, especially to the children I was accompanying, my grandchildren. On the other hand, I complain that I was not informed at the time of booking that the secret passages can only be explained by the employees of the old palace.
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A visit to Palazzo Vecchio is a trip back in time to the history of three eras. Expect to find here Roman ruins, a huge Medieval fortress, and amazing Renaissance chambers and paintings. Palazzo Vecchio is the main symbol of the civil power for Florence, whose original project is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, the most important architect in Florence in medieval times. Construction on the solid fortress began in 1299 above the ruins of the destroyed Uberti Ghibelline towers, a testimony of the final victory of the Guelph faction in the 13th century. It has been the second house of the Medici family for over 100 years. Today, it is still the political symbol of Florence's mayor's office.

Your tour guide will greet you at the meeting point, which is within walking distance from the attraction. You will start your experience by catching a replica of Micheal Angelo’s ‘David’ as you enter the world of Renaissance architecture. With elaborate Roman-inspired courtyards boasting the remarkable history of Florence and sculptures celebrating important rulers and war heroes, this experience is a must-visit for history and art aficionados. With the help of your expert English-speaking guide, gain an in-depth understanding of Italian history as you witness highly detailed and carefully preserved art through the centuries! The Palazzo Vecchio might look like a fortress on the outside, but it is beautifully decorated on the inside with extraordinary paintings on its ceiling and sculptures spread across its wide halls. Enjoy priority access with skip-the-line tickets to the delightful chapels and grand apartments, where you can catch sight of art celebrating the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, and more.

What to bring

  • Visitors are suggested to wear comfortable shoes as a fair amount of walking is involved with this experience.

Accessibility

  • The side entrance in Via dei Gondi has been adapted for wheelchair users and disabled visitors.

  • The two main floors of the museum are wheelchair accessible but unfortunately, access to the mezzanine floor and some other locations are not.

Additional information

  • If it rains, note that Arnolfo's Tower will be closed to the public and the medieval guard walk will be opened for visiting instead.

  • This palace is also the seat of the city council. Unfortunately this means that on certain special occasions when institutional ceremonies are scheduled, the museum may be totally or partially closed to the public.

  • Children under the age of 18 years should be accompanied by an adult.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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