Palazzo Vecchio houses amazing art and is a fortress of history and culture. Combining architectural styles from the many centuries it's lived…
Enjoy Florence's most beautiful highlights and visit the Academy Museum to admire the David of Michelangelo as well as many other masterpieces of the…
See some of the most significant architectural and artistic treasure of Florence without being herded around in a large, impersonal group. Join a…
Choose romantic Florence as the ideal setting for your symbolic wedding or vows renewal ceremony. Enjoy a truly unique and unforgettable experience,…
Snack your way through Florence’s favorite markets and delis. Learn to eat like a local on a 3.5-hour historical walking tour through Sant’ Ambrogio,…
Get ready for a breathtaking tour inside one the most attractive buildings in Florence — Palazzo Vecchio. See the power of the Medici family inside…
Discover the secrets of Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery as you learn about art and history. Enjoy priority access to both attractions and the…
Join the first and original 6 Underground Tour. If you have enjoyed the Netflix movie you will love the places where the film takes place. Marvel…
Explore Florence's fascinating history on this 2.5-hour guided walking tour. Admire the stunning panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo, and learn…
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
We had a great guide who gave us a lot of information about the history of the palace and of Venice since the palace was erected. He was especially well educated in art history and pointed us to the most interesting spots. We would have missed many of them without his help. Besides the statues and paintings, we were most impressed with the building itself and its history in connecdtion with the history of the city. We were truly impressed to see for the first time the original painting of Machiavelli which is so well known from the title cover of his most famous book. We were very grateful for the competent guide.
We purchased the skip-the-line ticket to the museum and tower from GYG. When we arrived, we decided a tour guide would make the experience better so we paid the museum extra 5euro per person for a live tour guide. It was the same price as the audio guide and the live guide works for the museum so she’s very knowledgeable plus we were in a group of three and got access to a couple private rooms that would have been off-limits otherwise!
Our tour guide Rachele was fantastic. She engaged the kids in a fun, enthusiastic way. She was flexible and changed of itinerary based on our needs (bathroom brakes and walking distance between sights). She had a game and treasure hunt for the kids too. She even haver them souvenirs at the end. There was plenty of info for the adults too on the tour.
My girlfriend and I had a great excursion to the Palazzo Vecchio. It’s a must see when you visit Florence. The paintings are lit of this world and I’d recommend highly. Especially if you love the history of the Medici family and the renaissance.
The ease of meeting our rep was brilliant and receiving our tickets was quickly established. Despite the marathon being run the same day, there’s was helpful in getting us to where we needed to go.