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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #17 of 220 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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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the Palazzo late in the evening- there were no queues, few crowds, and a night time view of the city. It was marvellous! My favourite site in Florence. Spectacular ceilings, a great view from the battlements, and a big bunch of history. The art may travel from the Uffizi, but the interiors of this building will forever be... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The view from the tower is stunning. It really shows the Duomo in all its glory, but there are no timed entries, so you just have to go and wait in the queue. It was about 30 minutes when we were there on a Sunday at noon. The good outcome of the restricted entries is that it isn't too crowded... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We did not climb the tower as we were too tired and visited late in the day but great it is open all evening so you can fit it in. Very impressive main galleried hall and lots of painted rooms that you have to give time to. Most interesting final room housing old large globe and lots of ancient world... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

One word - stunning! The Piazza's building itself is stunning; inside the museum there were lots to see. There were many wonderful paintings, stories and artworks on every wall and ceiling. When I went upstairs, the views were breathe taking! The view of Ponte Alle Grazie was ridiculously gorgeous and it would be one of the best I've ever seen!... More

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milton keynes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Piazza is in the stunning Piazza della signoria, and it is a beautiful building, please try to see it at night too, it's a gorgeous Piazza! It cost 10 euros each to get in, which was well worth it.From the beautiful inner courtyard, to the amazing ceilings, the frescoes and frame work are stunning. The sala dei Gigli, (room... More

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sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Palazzo Vecchio is a beautiful building. There are different tickets available, and we bought tickets for the museum and tower (free for ICOM members). The views from the tower are amazing. It would have to be the best view in Florence!

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This building is stunning inside, with wonderful paintings, huge halls with artwork on every wall and ceiling, and the possibility of different perspectives from balconies and stairs. It is worth buying a ticket to climb the tower. The queuing system could be slightly better, but although it's frustrating to have to wait it is worth it when you climb the... More

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Deerfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The entire museum is enjoyable, but we especially enjoyed the Bobolli Gardens. It provides a nice walk with beautiful views of the Duomo and other spots in Florence.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I wanted to have a guided tour of this palace as several reviews suggested this was the best thing to do. When I went to the ticket office it was all very confusing, being told the next tour was 10am but I had to buy my ticket for the ticket office across the way. When I bought my ticket they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

... and the painted ceilings of the terraces. There are amazing murals, and the map room is good. Maybe the afternoon is quieter but I got quite frustrated by large tour groups dominating the smaller rooms without consideration for anyone else. Perhaps better vigilance from the museum employees would help but they seemed to have their hands full telling those... More

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