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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #16 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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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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Athens, Greece
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Amazing view from the bridge. Sunset is awesome. We made it there a few times while in the city. Each time it gave us a new perspective.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

If you desire jewellery this is the place to go. Practically every bridge vendor sells jewellery. When your done, there is a little ice cream parlor at the end of the bridge

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Palazzo Vecchio is definitely worth a go and the big benefit is that it's open until almost midnight so you can even go after dinner. It gives a feel for royal lifestyle in Florence, has some nice views from the balconies, beautiful sculptures and paintings.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We did a 1 hour tour with a guide (secret passages tour) that led us through secret doorways, stairs, rooms, and even under the roof. Only 12 people, 4 times a day can do this tour so book it in advance. Weekenditaly was the cheapest when we booked.Afterwards we could explore the rest op the palazzo wich is ok and... More

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Chippenham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Well it has to be done but even out of season it was so so busy and in all honesty once you've seen one shop full of bling you've seen them all. Pehaps thats slightly unfair, if you're really into looking in jewellers you'd love it. I was more interested in the city.

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Newbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We booked a timed entrance to this tour, and with 10 others had a superb experience. The young tour guide ,was very informative about George Vassarri, and his influence on the building of The Palazzo. We were taken into the roof space above the main salon with its frescoes, a magnificent feat of engineering, the origional trusses and beams still... More

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