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Top sights in Florence
Palazzo Vecchio is one of Florence's premier museums, where you can explore many different layers of Italian history since Roman times.
Although only accessible from underground - the Palazzo was built directly on top of it - the ruins of a Roman theater testify to this building's age.
At 95 meters tall, this tower is the definitive symbol of Florence and absolutely the best place to take your pictures of the city's charming buildings.
There's more to the fortress than the Tower. Construction of the fortress began in 1299 under Arnolfo di Cambio. Today its battlements and sturdy stone structure symbolize political potence from times gone by.
This was built as the grandest room - originally intended to serve as the seat of the Great Council. Now it serves as the centerpiece for anyone's visit.
The maze of chambers with artwork and decorated ceilings by Michelangelo, among other prominent Renaissance artists, is not to be missed - you won't have seen anything like it quite on this scale!
If rain is in the forecast, access to the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio will be suspended for safety reasons.
Winter opening times for the tower are limited compared to summer (or high season), so if you're visiting between October and March, make sure to get there early in the day.
The way to the top of the tower is 418 steps, so don't attempt to climb if it may put your health at risk - there is no elevator.
On sunny days - and even when the sun's behind a cloud! - it's important to cover up with sunscreen. And even more so because you're nearly 100 meters closer to the sun!
- When should I visit?
- Open October - March, 9:00AM to 7:00PM. April - September, 9:00AM to 11:00PM. Special opening hours on Thursdays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Museum admission: 10euros. Tower and Battlements: 10euros. Discount available for students.
- Will I need a guide?
- Free to explore on your own or find a guided tour and receive insight into the many layers of history present.
- How to get there
- Located in the center of Florence at the Piazza della Signoria.
- Additional information
- As a top sight for Florence, be prepared for a bit of a wait to get in. If you get the Firenze card, you can skip the lines and get to the front.
- The steps outside the museum serve for a perfect spot to rest before or after your visit and take in prime Florence people watching and occassional street performances in the Piazza.
What people are saying about Palazzo Vecchio
Valentina was well organized with her set options for this booking. The price is competitive for the services provided. Our event was at the terrace of the Astoria Hotel so if you are looking for some remote Tuscan villa venue in the countryside, this package is not for you. However, the terrace did have nice views of the Florence Cathedral and some surrounding landscape. The hotel itself is apparently historic and the somewhat precarious ride of the small elevator up to the terrace may be an indicator of that. The hotel staff, namely Sabina, was very supportive in their partnering with Valentina. The staff exclusively with Valentina included a photographer (Fabrizio), an officiator (Pastor Stefano - we chose Christian), and support (Daniele). Stefano did a great job with a heartfelt ceremony. We were the center of attention - just make sure you have your own vow exchange. After a nice farewell we came back later for the included dinner and wine. Food and service were great!
This tour was a great way to see the palazzo in a couple of hours, while having time to go back on our own to see some things. The only negative comments I have is that she did not show us the Michelangelo piece in the Hall of 500. We saw it in our guidebook so went back in to see it. She also showed us the copy of the Verocchio statute in the courtyard but told us she would show us the original in the palazzo. We never saw it. She didn't show us, we forgot to remind her and couldn't find it on our own. The last thing is she gave us the story of the Michelangelo vs Leonardo painting to be on the walls of the Hall of 500. She said she would show us drawings based on the Leonardo work, but she didn't show us that either. Again, we forgot to remind her and couldn't find it on our own after we departed. Overall, we enjoyed learning and seeing everything with more of a back story then if we would have went on our own. :)
We visited Palazzo Vechio. Our tour guide called Alla made our experience very interesting. Very friendly and knowlegable young lady. She is very professional and she has also good sence of humor. You will learn a lot of new interesting facts about the life of the Medichi family, the architecture of that palace and other buildings, about the Florentine Republic, sculptors, artists, politics and the competitions between the nobel families etc. You can never get bored with such a good guide. Her English is very good and she doesn't overload you with too much information. We also asked some questions and she wss happy to answer them.
Maybe overpriced for what is offered (but this is Italy) but had a good time. Basically is an evening out to have a drink and snacks with other people and then a short tour at the end. Tour guide was super friendly and had a good time. Told some good stories and was patient with people snapping photos and having fun but the walk itself was rather short.
We learned a lot with Alla who was also very kind. She did not count her time and answered to all questions. We Highly recommend this tour with Alla. Notre guide Alla était excellente elle ne comptait pas son temps et a pu répondre à toutes nos questions. Nous avons appris énormément. Merci beaucoup Alla.