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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #15 of 219 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Government Buildings, Castles
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Florence's principal palace was begun in 1299 and built as the seat of the Signoria, the fathers of the city's republican government.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A lovely museum that suffer in comparison to the Accademia and the Uffizi, but that's life in Florence. Some nice pieces and window views. Worth the visit. Standing in the Piazza del Signoria out front is free and spectacular.

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Odense
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited this castle, and chose to pay the extra 2 € per person. And it is indeed worth it. You get a lot of interesting information and sees the most intetesting parts of the castle. After the tour you can see the castle on your own. The guided tour lasts around 70 minutes and is avaliable in english. However... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Palazzo Vecchio is an interesting museum architecturally with stunning rooms, ceilings vas frescos but I don't think it's reaching it's full potential. It would benefit from better information about each room and more historical furnishings. However, it is open until midnight on most days so can be visited in the evening when there are less crowds so one can... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great to do on a Monday when the larger museums are closed. While not as grand as the Pitti Palace, there's still lots to see here- don't miss Michelangelo's unfinished Genius of Victory sculpture, which was originally meant for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and now in display in the large Hall of the Palazzo Vecchio.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Just a wonderful place to hangout of an evening! Hawkers sell their wares while people wander around the square. There were some evening concerts while we were here, which brings the square to life more. Other than that it's just somewhere to hangout and enjoy the atmosphere of Central Florence.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I had a tour of Palazzo Vecchio as part of Dan Brown's Inferno book exploration of the building. Walking through the Medici living quarters and where they did business was delightful, especially with all the amazing art. Make a point to visit the main hall with the amazing frescoes by Vasari.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Free to enter and see the grand courtyard with ornate columns, frescos and fountains. we really enjoyed climbing to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of all of Florence.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Take Rick Steve's audio guide with you and learn about the history that took place here. Super fascinating stories.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Get a hard copy or printed ticket and rock up 15 minutes ahead for the earliest possible time slot you can buy. Check the night before which door to go to for admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I loved the main hall with the huge paintings, the feeling of walking in the same corridors as the Medicis, the entrance atrium, and Eleonora's rooms with the marvelous frescoes.

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