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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
055-276-8465
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Ranked #14 of 211 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Colchester, UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

A fascinating attraction. The rooms are crammed with art and history and we had the bonus of an exhibition of historic maps. Sadly, Machiavelli's office (the Old Chancellery) was off-limits when we visited but everything else was amazing. Easy to get in to and to get round and don't miss the chance to go up the tower. It's 220+ steps... More

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Tokyo
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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

you can view Santa Maria del Fiore, of course both Duomo and Giotto bell tower. It is very close, not as far as Plazza Michelangelo, not crowded like Uffizi museum.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We visited the tower in April and didnt queue at all. Unlike the Uffizi the staff were friendly and attentive, making the visit even more enjoyable. The view from the top is incredible, looking out 360 over Florence, including the iDuomo. Although there is no disabled access, the stairs are more managable than the Duomo, making it family/elderly friendly. Unfortunately... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

For families with kids under 10, highly recommend the children's tour - the guides are fabulous, your kids will actually enjoy seeing another castle, and you'll get to see rooms closed to the general public. Go early to the info desk and sign up.

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england
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The rooms are beautifully decorated in the Italian Renaissance style but the big attraction is the Tower. A long climb up the stone steps but definitely worth it for the stunning views over Florence.

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Edinburgh,Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Seeing the rooms of the Medici family gives great insight into them, and is fascinating if you are looking around the art works in Florence, so many of which they inspired.

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My husband & I viewed the Palazzo Vecchio in mid-March while traveling with our Gate 1 travel tour group. We came upon this beautiful building in the open air of Signoria Square. It is a great place to people watch, enjoy the scenery and eat a gelato. A beautiful building with lots of history.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Indeed last July I went for three visits. Once as part of the Vasari Corridor Tour, once as part of the Secret Passages Tour and finally as part of The Inferno Tour. On each occasion I learned something more and something different about this old palace. Entrance is also gained via the Firenze Card. The courtyard is free to visit... More

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Dallas, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

How a great time here with my family. Great place to people watch and enjoy the scenery. You can enter the Palazzo for free, however the exhibitions held in the upper floors cost.

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

booked this event from abroad thinking it would be a fun evening. .on the 18th of march i entered the office to reconfirm and was informed that the event was not confirmed however to check back in the afternoon. To my surprise i was telephoned by your office to inform me that the event was confirmed. The voucher stated that... More

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