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Review of Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio
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Palazzo Vecchio Tour, Including the Arnolfo Tower...
Ranked #25 of 608 things to do in Florence
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Fee: Yes
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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visited the splendid Palazzo Vecchio on three occasions; once to climb the tower, second a guided tour and lastly the secret rooms tour. All are excellent, and the fact that we split up the visits makes you appriciate the attractions more. The tower is a must do, not helped by the fact it was 35 degrees, but the view from the top was worth the rather sweaty climb to the top, and as mentioned in a previous post it is far less crowded than the cupola on the Duomo. As a photographer a morning or evening visit would be special.

Our two hour guided tour was excellent, just the right amount of information, you never felt hurried and our english speaking guide was excellent. Highlights include The Hall of the Five Hundred and that ceiling by Vasari, Michelangelo's 'Genius of Victory', the chapel of Eleanor with the frescos by Bronzino (stunning), Apartments of the Elements, the Hall of the Geographical Maps and just when you thought it could not get any better you enter the Hall of Lillie's with Donatello's masterpiece 'Judith and Holofernes' All this in two hours - do it!

Our final visit was for the 'Secret Passages Tour' which takes you to the rooms not generally open to the public, and included the Studio of Francis 1, some of the private rooms of Eleonora of Toledo and to finish off you are taken to the roof space above Vasari's ceiling to see how he evenly distributed the staggering weight using massive wooden trusses, and all this was done five hundred years ago (with no Health & Safety!!) I am not an engineer but when explained it is simply breathtaking.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Most of the action in this book takes place in Florence, including major scenes in Palazzo Vecchio. I enjoyed visiting these sites while reading the book. If I wasn't in Florence, I'd agree with the amazon.com reviewer who said the book read like a travelogue, but to see these places in real life made the book very real. The Palazzo Vecchio features art and apartments. It wouldn't have been as interesting if I wasn't reading Inferno.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

TOWER
It has fairly easy staircase to climb. Handrails on the both sides will make you feel more "secure". I went here immediately when it opened (it opens an hour earlier than Duomo) and I was here all alone enjoying the view to the old city, river and to Duomo. In the morning the sky may be brighter than in the afternoon so your photos will be better.
PALAZZO
I hadn't thought to go to see the palazzo but I'm happy that I selected the ticket that allowed me to see it as well. It was a nice surprise to notice that in July there are some sights in Florence that are not full of tourists. It was easy to admire the old interior, beautiful ceilings and paintings.

Thank OtS34
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

This piazza has a little bit of everything, beautiful architecture, outstanding sculptures and fountain, and a couple museums nearby. It's very busy with tourist in the day but also worth a stroll at night when you might be lucky enough to hear someone playing Florentine music. Surrounded by lots of restaurants and caffes, its just great to sit down and take in the ambiance of what is truly the heart of Florence.

Thank KatherineM23
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Loved the old paintings on the wall. The massive paintings on the hall of the 500 were amazing. Unbelievable paintings that big could be done. I paid for an electronic guide, which proved to be a tablet that hung around your neck. I found it hard to follow and got lost in the wrong room on several occasions. An English speaking guided tour would have been better

Thank LizE743
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