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Tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence: the center of political power


2 hours



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Groups and families


English, Chinese, Italian

Tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and the ‘Hall of the 500


With this guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence you will know more about both the city and Palazzo Vecchio history, you will admire the works of art in the famous Salone dei Cinquecento (“the hall of the 500”) and in the Grand Ducal apartments and you will discover the life of those historical figures who contributed to make Florence great.

Built as the Palace of Priors, it became known first as Palazzo della Signoria when it was the symbol of 14th century Florence Republic and then as Palazzo Vecchio when the Medici Family, after using it as their private residence, decided to leave it for the more modern and bigger Pitti Palace. Currently it still has a main role both as Florence city hall as well as a museum, given the huge artistic patrimony it houses inside its rooms.

Heart of the civil and political life of the city, Palazzo Vecchio is still one of the main symbols of Florence. Other than being the City Hall, this majestic palace is also used as a museum, whose precious rooms hold important Florence statues and works of art.

It is located in Piazza della Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in Florence, and it was built by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio in the XIII century. Palazzo Vecchio looks very majestic from the outside, like many other gothic buildings, even though it experienced several changes and adjustments over the years; as a matter of fact, the interior architecture and decoration is mainly realized by Vasari, Medici Family favorite architect, and shows beautiful Renaissance style frescoed rooms.

The guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence is perfect both for children and adults: there are many legends and curiosities that will thrill even the little ones, such as the history of Palazzo Vecchio tower, used as a prison for Cosimo de ‘Medici and Savonarola, and the Palazzo Vecchio secret passages tour to discover passages that the Medici family used to carry out their private business away from prying eyes.

If you are particularly interested in stories of mysteries and intrigues, take a look at the Secret Florence tour and know that if you want you can customize the itinerary by includingalso the guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio



Palazzo Vecchio museum in Florence is open every day from 09.00 am to 11.00 pm, except on Thursday which is open from 09.00 am to 02.00 pm.


Why book the guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence?



  • Perfect for families and adults
  • With official Florence Tourist Guide
  • 100% customizable
  • A journey into Florence political history through the decorated rooms of Palazzo Vecchio
  • Admire works of art and frescoes by important Renaissance artists
  • Visit the rooms where the Medici family lived and discover their secret passages

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