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Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

1. 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: Guided Walking Tour

2. Florence: Guided Walking Tour

Begin your tour by visiting the most important buildings in the heart of Florence. See the Duomo, the Baptistery of Saint John, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo,  which is a museum containing many of the original works of art created for the Cathedral of Florence, and Giotto’s Bell Tower which stands adjacent to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, move towards Piazza della Signoria where you can admire the sculpture of David by Michelangelo, placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. Next, visit Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the most famous bridge in Florence and undoubtedly one of the city’s most illustrious landmarks. Throughout the tour, your professional guide will show you hidden places that most people don’t notice while walking in the city. With a perfect mix of information, covering history, and curiosities about the Medici and the Renaissance, you will understand the essence of this beautiful city.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

3. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

Palazzo Vecchio was the home of Medici family, and an important site of the Renaissance. Renowned as the main symbol of civil power of Florence, learn more about the vast history of the palace with a 90-minute guided tour.  See the "Salone dei Cinquecento”, the Hall which is the largest and most important room in terms of artistic and historical value inside the palace. Marvel at paneled ceilings, large wall frescoes, golden decorations, and imposing sculptures. Explore the second floor of the palace, featuring the elegant Apartments of the Elements, the Apartments of Eleonora of Toledo, and the original Hall of Priors, along with many small chambers and a chapel frescoed by Bronzino.

Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes you through the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

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

5. 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 75-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: Uffizi Gallery Guided Discovery Tour

6. Florence: Uffizi Gallery Guided Discovery Tour

The Uffizi Gallery is the oldest and most important museum in the world, we will relive the life of the Medici family, from the rise to power to the fall. We will discover together who was Botticelli's Venus, the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael. We will analyse the Gothic part and all the Florentine Renaissance, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca. With the establishment of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in the ancient municipal seat of Palazzo Vecchio, the policy of exalting the monarchy within the city perimeter began. In 1560 the duke wanted to bring together the most important Florentine magistracies, called offices previously located in various locations, in a single building placed under his direct supervision. The offices of thirteen important Magistrates that regulated the administration of the Medici state were to be located in the new building and therefore the works were entrusted to Giorgio Vasari, his favorite architect. So why is it considered the oldest museum in the world…? In 1581 Francesco I, son of Cosimo, decided to close and use the loggia on the top floor as a personal gallery where to collect his magnificent collection of fifteenth-century paintings. For this reason, it is considered my oldest in the world, because Francesco I had more interest in the art of governing.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

7. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence, a symbol of the city since medieval times to the modern days. Made in 1299 in which it acted as a seat for the governing of citizens, the building started its golden age the moment when the Medici family moved into the Palazzo, transforming it into the beautiful palace of extraordinary richness that it is today. The guided visit pulls you into the imense wealth, extraordinary decorations, masterpieces and even an access to a secret passage through the beautiful camerino of Bianca Cappello, second wife of the Granduke Francesco I de’Medici.

Florence: Old Town Golf Cart Excursion

8. Florence: Old Town Golf Cart Excursion

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

Florence: Full-Day Walking Tour with David & Uffizi Gallery

9. Florence: Full-Day Walking Tour with David & Uffizi Gallery

Journey past Florence's most iconic sites in one day, watching history art and enchantment come together! Your day commences with hassle-free with skip-the-line tickets to the Academia Museum, gaining priority entrance and avoiding the long queues. Inside you'll enjoy a guided tour and will see a number of world-famous works of art, including Michelangelo's David! Following your visit to the Accademia, your guide will take you to marvel at the exterior of the Duomo, also known as Santa Maria Del Fiore. This iconic landmark, with its epic Gothic architecture, and iconic red dome not only makes for perfect snapshots, but also plays a crucial part in Fiorentine history. Onwards to discovering where Italy's great poet Dante grew up, a childhood home turned into a museum. You'll also see the little church of Santa Margherita. It's said that this is where Dante fell in love with his Beatrice, forming the basis of his masterpiece, "The Divine Comedy." Stroll through Piazza Della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, discovering the rich history of the Medici family alongside your guide and witness the historic Ponte Vecchio and shop for exquisite jewellery crafted by local artisans. Then, after some free time for lunch your tour will continue with a guided visit of the Uffiizi Gallery. This Florence in a Day tour includes skip-the-line Uffizi tickets as well as a guided tour - which means you're only one short security line away from the work, which includes Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Caravaggio’s Medusa, and many other masterpieces.

Florence: Firenze Card Official Museum City Pass

10. Florence: Firenze Card Official Museum City Pass

Purchase the FirenzeCard and secure yourself access to all of Florence's 60 museums with a single pass. See the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, and many others, and also benefit from exclusive discounts at selected shops and restaurants. Avoid paying entrance fees with a card that includes priority entry to the city's museums including to exhibitions which usually incur an additional fee. Bring your kids for free, with under-18s gaining access when accompanied by a cardholder. Witness masterworks at venues like the Uffizi, Accademia, and the Brancacci Chapels. Book your timeslot to beat the crowds and secure access to these famous venues and many more.

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Very easy check-in process and finding the tour group/guide. Our tour guide was amazing - very efficient, timely, and knowledgeable. While seeing the Statue of David was clearly the highlight, he gave so much more information about the other works in the museum.

I dent remember the woman's (she had glasses) name but she was great!!! very professional and articulated everything well. We had time to ask questions which was important to us.

Highly recommend this tour. It was fascinating and transported us back in time.

It was excellent! We learned a lot of things and the place is beautiful

David and the story Alma told us about it, very emotional!