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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
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As featured in Florence for young kids
Ranked #17 of 221 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Head here late afternoon to enjoy a beautiful view of a magical city! There was even live music when we visited

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved the architecture and style of this building - opted not to do the museum and just the Tower - felt the €10 total price tag was a bit too much - especially as you pay the additional €2 for the battlements but you go through/past them anyway. Not too difficult a climb (steps good and quite wide) but agree... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

And the view from the outside, and the statues. I loved sitting across from the Palazzo, enjoying a café, and watching all the people pose and selfie with the art. I thought about all the great movies made around this space. All the people who fought and died in and around this palazzo. I spent my euros on café after... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you are in Florence from April to September, add one more tour to the end of your day. Palazzo Vecchio is open until midnight, so it doesn't have to compete with your time with all the other sites in Florence. With the long summer days you can time your visit to see the sunset from the battlements. Ask about... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Here you can shop for gold at great prices on the shops over the river. Perfect spot for sunset river views!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Florence is the origin of Renaissance, and Renaissance was inspired by the Medici family. There is no reason not to visit their home when visiting Florence. Do not buy the ticket for going up the tower, if you want a great view of Florence go to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is free.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We liked the building and there were a few interesting things in it. But we didn't think it was worth the 10 Euro entry price, particularly when that was accompanied by a short, but incredibly slow moving, queue to get a ticket, and a rude person at ticket office who took my 20Euros, refused to give me an English guide... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in Florence. The audio guide is particularly good but be sure to book in advance. We also did the Secret Passages tour which is brilliant and highly recommended. The group was very small...5, and the guide very knowledgeable. The visit goes to places not normally accessible to visitors and includes a visit to the rafters... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the statues and frescos in the giant main hall, but the views from the tower were top notch. This is definitely a skippable attraction if you're pressed for time, but we enjoyed it, and it doesn't need to take more than an hour if you want to buzz past things you're not as interested in (we lost a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Well worth visiting to see the frescoes and all the gilded splendor! The crowds were well spaced apart so there was no rushing -- we felt at our leisure!

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