Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio
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The medieval town hall in Piazza della Signoria is a symbol of civil power and home to iconic art frescoes, secret tunnels, and Roman ruins.
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  • Petzenburg
    Germany3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must in Florence
    An absolute must when visiting Florence: the building is fantastic, you learn a lot about the Medici Family and the various inhabitants of the palace. No waiting time for us when visiting in March 2023 and no crowds inside because the whole building is spacious and you can take your time when visiting. Didn‘t pay for the audio guide but is probably worth getting if you want to learn even more about the palazzo (although the descriptions in every room were good, in English an Italian). Spent two hours and were absolutely stunned. The tower can be visited at an extra cost of 17 Euros. After the hustle of the piazza della signora outside and other museums in Firenze, this was relaxing and highly interesting and told you more about the Medici Family than any other place we visited.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts35,370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palazzo Vecchio at Christmas time
    I had visited Palazzo Vecchio in the past: this is the place where you learn about the Medici family and the history of Firenze. An absolute must visit, in my opinion. Climbing the tower wasn’t hard and the views were certainly worth the effort. This time I enjoyed the the Christmas light show displayed on the facade of Palazzo Vecchio and its beautiful courtyard, which is free to enter.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Carolynrose
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic palace
    Palazzo Vecchio is a must see sight in Florence. The highlight is the Salon Cinquecento, a huge hall, displaying frescos on the walls and ceiling and sculptures. Since I went in March I didn't need need an advance reservation but I did have to wait for 15 minutes. This is a very large venue with several flights of stairs. Plan to spend 1- 2 hours. I highly recommend visiting the Palazzo Vecchio.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Kenneth E
    Erwin, Tennessee505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see with firenze card
    This museum is included with the Firenze card. You go to the ticket office and enter the Firenze card line to get tickets. Then head to the museum which is up the stairs. A couple of floors to see. We spent about 40mins in there.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 12, 2023
  • Philip P
    Herentals, Belgium1,413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just magnificent
    We had a guided tour, which was excellent - while of course focussing especially and the guided's favourite works. The building as well as the pieces of art were stunning. A guide is highly recommended to find a logical path/way.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • L_K1509
    London, United Kingdom1,333 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More steps, but who’s counting?
    Anyone else noticed how many steps there are to visit places in Florence?? So there are lots of steps to start the tour on the first floor and it keeps going up. The building is now used as a civic hall, in fact there was a meeting going on in the great hall when we visited. The great hall is by far the most beautiful room to visit at the former palace. The hall is stunning in detail and artwork, here is the only real option to sit and take in your surroundings. Throughout the rest of the building the main thing to see is the ceilings. They are full of details, there is also some furniture on display. Other than this the rooms are quite sparse. There are hardly anywhere to sit as you make your way round. Whole visit should take 1 1/2 hours. 12.50€ to get in for an adult
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, New York609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A way back into the renaissance area
    Palazzo Vecchio was wonderful place to tour. Lots of amazing paintings, sculptures, gold ceilings and more. It takes you back into the renaissance era. Spent several hours and enjoyed it all.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
  • RelaxedAdventures
    Sydney, Australia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intimidating on the outside, stunning on the inside
    I had never seen pictures of the inside of the Palazzo Vecchio so I had no idea what was in store for me when I visited and almost didn't go! It was absolutely stunning inside - the upstairs rooms have ceilings covered in masterpieces, with each room seemingly more beautiful than the last. Well worth a visit. Lots of stairs so just take your time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Lígia Rocha Camarão
    Lisbon, Portugal8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best places to visit in Florence
    Very good museum/palazzo! That Room of the Five Hundred alone is worth it...it's even more beautiful in person. Well organized museum with good explanations most of the time. Visit the museum/palazzo calmly and appreciate every detail, it's worth it. Also, the price is adequate for the place itself. Just don't count too much on the friendliness of the staff because it doesn't exist. They are rude, arrogant and sometimes even disrespectful. Unfortunately, typical Florentine service.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 10, 2023
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Exploring Chris
Calgary, Canada252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
A visit inside to the palace/museum is well worth the time and money but you can also buy a separate ticket to climb the bell tower. The price is about half the cost of going up the Duomo dome and I think the view is even better because you can look out onto the Duomo. It's pretty easy walk up with a chance to see the prison cell in the tower and there is an opportunity to walk around the roof of the palace before ascending to the top of the tower. If you aren't paying to see the museum, going up the tower also allows you a moment to see the amazing room of 500 as you have to pass through it to get to the tower stairs. Tickets were very limited and timed entry, si you may want to pre-book this experience.
Written February 6, 2022
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK641 contributions
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Jul 2022
The adjacent square is a lovely place to enjoy a morning coffee or an aperitif (we liked Café Rivoire), as well as admiring the outdoor Renaissance gallery – the replica of Michelangelo’s David’s (the original in the Bargello is so much better) standing opposite Hercules; Donatello’s Judith beheading Holofernes; Giambologna's Rape of the Sabines; Cellini’s Perseus brandishing the severed head of Medusa; Ammannati’s Fountain of Neptune (celebrating Florence's dominion over the sea); and Giambologna's equestrian statue of Cosimo; plus a plaque marking the spot where Girolamo Savonarola was hanged and burned.

We loved the Palazzo but, if you are pressed for time, this should probably be slightly down your list of Florence’s many galleries and churches. If you do decide to go inside, I recommend taking a guided tour. Or do some research and arrive around 4pm to avoid the crowds. Here some of my highlights:
• The Vasari paintings (over two floors)
• Hall of the Five Hundred.
• The tiny Studiolo of Prince Francesco (the painted wall panels hide cabinets which were crammed full of treasures)
• The Room of Jupiter,
• Hall of Maps (you may need to queue as there is limited number of people allowed)

If you want to climb the tower for the city views plus the prison cell (€12.50 extra), you might want to pre-book as tickets are very limited.
Written August 31, 2022
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JurreSilbi
Krakow, Poland81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Palazzo Vecchio was once the place where Signioria, the city council, held its meetings. The role of this Signioria, all affairs, purchasing voices, etc. is a story by itself. The palace was buit for representation and to show the power of the Medici family. And it is really reach. A huge audience hall with great frescs presenting battles that Medicis participated in, a story of Hercules and his duties (sculptures) and also beautiful halls and rooms devoted to various deities. Have a look at Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes (before decapitation!!) and a beautiful Studiolo Francico 1st.
Written January 21, 2020
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HUNTINGPARTY
Sevenoaks, UK543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Really enjoyed our tour of the Palazzo Vecchio, from the over the top courtyard to the top of the tower. Once you get inside the building you are immediately impressed with the size and grandeur of the place. The rooms are well laid out and there is plenty of information. It is interesting to see how the individual rooms fit together - and indeed have been altered over time and the decoration reflects their use. It was also interesting to see the door to the private passage to the Palazzo Pitti.

We also climbed to the top of the tower for another view over Florence. A manageable climb.
Written March 7, 2020
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Laura F
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
We booked a guided tour in French. The group was small - only 8 persons - and the guide took his the time to explain the history of he building and the symbols behind the paintings and sculptures. It just wouldn't have been the same without him deciphering everything for us. We even visited a space outside the normal tour, so it was really worth it.
Written November 3, 2021
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GFWanderer
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
From the courtyard to the Great Hall you will not believe your eyes. The statues, the Frescoes, the private living quarters and every nook and cranny are filled with art, history and wonder. It is truly beautiful but it also left me wondering what is was like for the regular people during this time. Nonetheless, seeing the work of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo in person, in one room is stunning and not to be missed!
Written January 3, 2020
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Palazzo Vecchio is located in my favorite square in Florence - Piazza della Signoria where the Neptune fountain is. It’s easily recognizable by the Arnolfo tower and the copy of Michelangelo’s David in front of the building. This is the town hall of Florence and, in fact, there was a meeting/event in the Salone dei Cinquecento when we visited. Upon entering you see a lovely courtyard and going further there is a ticket office. You can also buy tickets online. They are timed and limited. The fee for going up the tower is €12,50 and same €12.50 is also to go the the museum of Palazzo Vecchio. The view is beautiful but our favorite part was the museum. Just wow.
Written March 18, 2022
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This Palazzo Vecchio is very popular with the tourists. This square has many lovely buildings and a sculptures.
There are many cafes and restaurants but of course you pay a higher price.

If you can manage to climb to the top of it you will be able to have a beautiful view of the Duomo and the city.
This is most square you are sure to like.
Written June 14, 2020
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Torres P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We had bought tickets for the Palazzo Vecchio and by chance the information desk next to the ticket sales mentioned that they had a tour in English leaving straight away. Normally we do not take the tours, but this meant we started the trip around the Palazzo Vecchio immediately. Taking the tour made a huge difference and the tour guide was excellent. I hope it is ok to mention her by name as she was so good and hope that I have her name correct - Giulia. She brought a real life to the visit with good commentary and insights and was easily able to answer all questions. Her enthusiasm was shared and appreciated by the small group she was showing around. I would highly recommend taking a tour with a guide. Many thanks for a great visit!
Written August 3, 2021
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
After passing through the PV on several occasions, I finally decided to go inside. As luck would have it, entry was free on the day I visited. I spent almost two hours here. I was in awe with the numerous ceilings which are all exquisite works of art. The main hall is massive and contains some truly exceptional wall murals. The ingenious engineering methods used to construct this palace (and add onto it) over the centuries is incredible. The ongoing excavations underneath the palace are fascinating. Signage is good and multi lingual.
Written February 19, 2020
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