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Arnolfo Tower, Palazzo Vecchio

Arnolfo Tower, Palazzo Vecchio: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

1. Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

This tour allows visits to a suite of off-the-beaten-path locations in Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Among them is the mysterious stairway built in the thick walls by the will of Gualtieri di Brienee. Skip the line and head off on a one hour and 45-minute guided tour. Discover the small study of Francesco I de’ Medici, a very elegant treasure "of rare and precious things," and the desk of his father Cosimo I, more widely known as Tesoretto. To round off the experience, hear about the huge trussed structure built by the great architect Giorgio Vasari, which supports the paneled ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento, the main room of the palace.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

2. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence. Built in 1299 to house the leaders of the medieval city it is the symbol of the city’s history. The golden age of Palazzo Vecchio began when the Medici family decided to turn it into a real palace, making it the family residence. During your visit, you’ll be able to admire the architecture of the palazzo, and its sculptures and paintings, and learn about its rich and complex history over the centuries. Your visit to the Palazzo Vecchio will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Upgrade your experience to include Arnolfo's Tower, and enjoy the fantastic views from the tower's summit. Visit the tower first, then head to the museum 1 hour later.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

3. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

Experience Palazzo Vecchio, the hearth of Florence and a symbol of the city’s history, with an experienced guide. Florence’s town hall building dates back to 1299 when it was built to host the government leaders of medieval Florence. You’ll come to understand how its architecture, art, sculptures, and paintings contribute to create a rich and complex representation of the city.   Admire masterpieces by celebrated artists of the Renaissance scattered throughout the Palazzo’s many halls, chambers, and courtyards. The highlight of the experience will be the stunning Salone dei Cinquecento (“Hall of the Five Hundred”), the most imposing chamber in the building, its ceilings rising to 75 feet. Here, you can admire the frescoes and paintings of Giorgio Vasari, who took over the decoration of the room from Michelangelo.   For a truly engaging immersion into the history of Florence, come explore this unique building that has transformed and renewed itself throughout the centuries.

Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

4. Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

Discover the history and art of the Palazzo Vecchio on this private tour. Meet your guide outside the palace, skip the lines and learn about the many roles of this emblematic building throughout Florence's history. Visit the incredible collection of Renaissance artwork, marvel at the exquisite ceilings in the Hall of the Five Hundred, and explore a hall filled with ancient maps. Travel through time to the end of the 13th century when the palace was built, and then follow its path to becoming the seat of the Florentine Republic, and later the residence of Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Tour the Government Halls and the Granducale family's private rooms, renovated by Giorgio Vasari, and explore the apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo. Climb Arnolfo's Tower for panoramic views of Florence.

Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

5. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery

Your tour begins with a tour through the Accademia Gallery, where you will discover Michelangelo's most renowned work, “David". You will also discover other important works of art such as "I Prigioni", "San Matteo", and the “Palestrina Pietà". Following your museum visit, your tour will continue with your discovery of the historic center. You will encounter a range of attractions, including the cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, which is the loveliest in all of Italy. You will then soon admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. You will later reach the Mercato della Paglia (Straw Market), and don’t forget to toss a coin into the "Porcellino" fountain to bring yourself good luck. Continuing on, you can admire the romantic and picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Finally, you will arrive to Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. There you’ll be amazed as you admire the beautiful Fountain of Neptune, as well as the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating this entire scene is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its Arnolfo Tower, which is one of the most famous symbols of Florence.

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What people are saying about Arnolfo Tower, Palazzo Vecchio

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4.4 / 5

based on 2,674 reviews

We did both the Palazzo Vecchio palace and climbed the Arnolfo Tower. If you’re tight on time and have already climbed the Duomo and/or Giotto’s bell tower, I think you can skip the tower and just tour the Palazzo Vecchio. The palace was beautiful, especially the main room and all the frescoes. Having the video guide was also nice as it gave you flexibility to choose what you wanted to listen to at your own pace.

Two of us were the only turists guided by Laura. She was very forthcoming with information and the answers to our questions - even elementary ones. She made the tour very interesting to us with stories of the background history and of the interesting characters involved. The tour was a good starting point of the tour of Firenze.

The collection of tickets from the info point was fuss free. The view of Florence from the Alforno Tower is breathtaking after the climb of 200 plus steps. Audio guide for the Palazzo Vecchio museum is good to understand the different rooms and sculptures inside.

A very interesting tour with access to wonderful spaces not normally available to tourists. Our guide, Andrea was very personable and interesting.I would highly recommend this tour

Made the visit to the palazzo vecchio so much more interesting. Tomasso was an excellent guide.