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“A must” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
055-276-8465
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$103*
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Private Tour: Florence Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #16 of 223 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Government buildings, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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.
Catania, Italy
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

There are many great places that have to be visited in Florence but Palazzo Vecchio is a must! An attraction even for the Locals. Unfortunately some of the rooms are closed as they are used by the Mayor of the city.

Visited February 2013
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“Snap Happy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Perfect spot for viewing beautiful architecture and history and for being very snap happy with the camera.

It was a lot quieter out of season but it was still nice to sit/ marvel at the place. Go there about 8pm to see the statues lit up and listen to a local flute player nearby making the scene extra romantic.

You may feel a little left out if you're not in a couple!

Visited February 2013
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“Another Wow! spot in Florence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Palazzo Vecchio is adjacent to the Uffizi and is the location of the most photographed statue of michelangelo’s David (even though it is a replica. The real David has been moved to the Accademia and photography is forbidden.) Part of Palazzo Vecchio is an outdoor museum host to a few statues. WARNING, although it is a perfect place to sit down and enjoy lunch, no food or drinks is permitted on the museum area. And the Italian volunteers will promptly make that known to any visitors enjoying their lunch.

The rest of the Palazzo is an open area with a nice view and surrounded by restaurants and shops.

Visited June 2012
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“Palazzo Vecchio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I visited Florence with family in April. This was my second trip to Florence and second visit to the Palazzo. The outside of the building is attractive and surrounded in the Piazza by sculptures and a lovely fountain. The rooms inside are beautifully decorated and the Salone dei Cinquecento is amazing. A must-see for lovers of art and museums!

Visited April 2012
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“The Palace of Cosimo I”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The Palazzo Vecchio is often called the old palace. The huge structure serves as the city's town hall, but also as residence to the Duke who ruled here. It was originally completed in 1322, but in 1540, it was renovated and redecorated for Duke Cosimo I by Vasari. The gilt coffered ceilings are unforgettable as are the bold frescoes by artists like Bronzino, Ghirlandaio, and others. Donatello's Judith and Holofernes stands in the Room of the Lilies and a Michelangelo statue dominates Salone dei Cinquecento. This last room is enormous, perhaps four stories high and the width of the entire palace. The Vasari frescoes illuminate Florentine battles with Pisa and Siena.

Be prepared for a workout when visiting the Palazzo Vecchio. There are many stairs. You'll start at the top and work your way down. You can visit a number of personal apartments, many of the public rooms, and the Salone dei Cinquecento. The interior loggia is also splendid and contains a copy of Verrocchio's Putto in its central fountain. I highly recommend a visit here.

Before departing, use the rest rooms. These are ultra modern and quite clean...and there are few public restrooms to be found in the city center.

Visited November 2012
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