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Palazzo Vecchio - Florence's Townhall & Renaissance Castle

The Palazzo Vecchio stands tall as the prime symbol of political power in the city of Florence. Its cultural and architectural prominence rose primarily during the Medici dynasty. Located in the heart of the Piazza del Signoria, this iconic structure serves today as the city’s town hall as well as a museum. Book Palazzo Vecchio tickets and explore the many secrets of this historic structure.

Things to know before booking your Palazzo Vecchio tickets

  • Book your tickets online ahead of time to skip lines and enter at your preferred time slot, especially during busy seasons. Opt for off-peak hours, like early mornings or late afternoons, for fewer crowds due to timed entry slots.
  • The majority of Palazzo Vecchio is a Renaissance museum. It also houses the local government, including the mayor's office and city council.
  • Wheelchair access is available for most areas of the palace, except for the tower and mezzanine level.
  • Carry printed copies of digital tickets to show at the palace's ticket office. Be prepared for potential wait times during this process, in case you don't have a printed copy already.
  • A guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio reveals hidden historical details and artworks facts. Learn about the Medici legacy, hidden symbols like Vasari's "Cerca Trova," and more fascinating stories.
  • The splendid Arnolfo Tower boasts stunning views of Florence and Tuscany hills; however, children under 6 are not allowed to climb. The tower can be visited separately, but expect a climb of 406 stone steps. Get tower tickets at the entrance as time slots fill fast, affecting availability.

Why visit Palazzo Vecchio?

Historical epicenter
  • Historical epicenter: Walk into the heart of Renaissance governance, witnessing the decisive moments that shaped Florence's history.
  • Artistic appeal: Marvel at iconic works by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Donatello, adorning the palace with unparalleled artistic brilliance.
  • Salone Dei Cinquecento: Experience the grandeur of this hall, featuring masterpieces from Michelangelo and Da Vinci, relive the iconic scenes from Da Vinci's 'Inferno.'
  • Secret gems: Find Donatello's striking bronze sculpture of Judith and a collection of meticulously hand-painted maps and portraits celebrating Renaissance legends.
  • Bell Tower views: Ascend the tower for panoramic vistas of Florence, capturing iconic landmarks and breathtaking cityscapes.

All your Palazzo Vecchio tickets & tour options

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Palazzo Vecchio discount tickets

You can enjoy discounts depending on the Palazzo Vecchio tickets you book. The skip the line tickets provide reduced prices for those between the ages of 18-25, while those under 18 enjoy free entry; children under the age of 6 get free entry with guided tour tickets.

Exploring Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio First Courtyard

First Courtyard

First Courtyard is the first thing you see on entering, boasting Michelozzo's architectural brilliance. The centerpiece features a replica of Verrocchio's statue of Pluto with a dolphin, creating a serene space reflecting Renaissance aesthetics.

Access: Yes.

Second Courtyard

Second Courtyard

It features minimal adornment and is known for its simplicity in decor. Notably, it includes the exit for the Duke of Athens staircase, a historical point of interest within the courtyard.

Access: Yes

Hall of the Five Hundred

Hall of the Five Hundred

The hall showcases Vasari's monumental frescoes, illustrating significant moments in Florentine history. Rumors persist of Leonardo da Vinci's lost fresco, potentially hidden behind Vasari's artwork, making the hall more intriguing.

Access: Yes

Studio of Francesco I

Studio of Francesco I

Explore Francesco's alchemy-infused study, revealing his fascination with secrecy and ancient knowledge. Cabinets hidden behind painted panels offer insights into his interests. A glimpse into the 16th-century Duke's private world!

Access: Yes

Palazzo Vecchio Ceiling- Florence, Italy

Leo X Apartments

Walk into the historically rich rooms adorned with distinctive artistic elements. Each room showcases unique features, from elaborate frescoes to intricate architectural details, providing a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Medici family.

Access: Yes

The Monumental Staircase

The Monumental Staircase

The staircase is a captivating architectural feature, adorned with intricate and surrealistic patterns. This grand staircase connects different levels of the palace, offering an immersive experience in Renaissance-era design.

Access: Yes

Apartments of the Elements

Apartments of the Elements

The rooms are dedicated to mythological deities, each mirroring counterparts found on the floor below honoring members of the Medici family. The grand frescoes here depict the birth of the cosmos via four core elements: Air, Water, Earth, and Fire.

Access: Yes

The Apartments of Eleonora

The Apartments of Eleonora

Decorated by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, son of the famed painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, the Green Room reflects Eleonora's love for nature. Despite its name, it features beautiful landscapes and creatures, creating an illusion of a loggia overlooking the countryside.

Access: Yes

The Old Chancellery

The Old Chancellery

The room houses an intriguing artifact - Dante Alighieri's death mask. It offers a tangible link to his legacy and the city's political history. This haunting artifact connects you to the revered poet's influence on literature and Florence's culture.

Access: Yes

ceiling in palazzo vecchio of Hall of the Lilies

The Hall of the Lilies

Named for the fleur-de-lys symbolizing Florence's alliance with France, the Hall of the Lilies hosts Ghirlandaio's vivid Roman frescoes. It showcases Donatello's original Judith and Holofernes sculpture, a striking highlight amidst its rich historical narratives.

Access: Yes

Hall of Geographical Maps

Hall of Geographical Maps

The hall exhibits Egnazio Danti's 16th-century maps commissioned by Cosimo I. Featuring 53 intricately detailed maps, the chamber reflects the geographical understanding of the Renaissance era, reflecting the extent of exploration and historical cartography.

Access: Yes

Arnolfo Tower

Arnolfo Tower

The bell tower offers unparalleled panoramic views of Florence's skyline and landmarks. It's 406 stone steps lead to battlements. Capture photos on the ascent as access to the platform is only available while climbing.

Access: Yes (Requires separate ticket)

Plan your visit to Palazzo Vecchio

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Dine
Stay
Timings

Address: P.za della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Find on maps

  • By metro: Nearest stop is Unita, a 15-minute walk to Palazzo Vecchio.
  • By bus: C1 to Galleria Degli Uffizi then a short walk west, or C2 to Porta Rossa followed by a three-block walk east. Get off at Condotta stop, a brief 2-minute walk.
  • On foot: Accessible from the train station or Piazza del Duomo via Via Calzaiuoli, the main shopping street.
Palazzo Vecchio entrance

Palazzo Vecchio has multiple entrances, including:

  • Porta della Tramontana (North Wind Gate)
  • Porta della Dogana (Customs Gate)
  • Porticciola (Small Gate)

    These entrances are strategically situated within the palace premises.
Restrooms
  • Restrooms
  • Cloakroom for bags and belongings
  • Audio guide rental
  • Wheelchair and stroller lending
  • Limited accessibility for visitors with mobility issues
  • Ticket office for purchasing entry tickets
  • Souvenir shop or gift store
Courtyard entry
  • Courtyard entry on the ground floor is free. Maximize your visit by exploring indoors, especially the breathtaking Michelozzo's courtyard. Avoid lingering outside.
  • Allocate ample time for exploration. The palace is extensive, and each room offers unique treasures and historical significance. Avoid rushing through; absorb the rich cultural heritage at your own pace.
  • Visit the Hall of the Five Hundred to see Vasari's Battle of Marciano fresco. Learn about the legendary lost fresco by Leonardo da Vinci and Vasari's secretive clue that hints at its existence.
  • You can explore the tower on a different day from the palace tour. Tower-only visits are convenient and straightforward. The best views are on the ascent; capture photos then.
Dine
  • Buca Lapi: 750 m away, historic trattoria serving traditional Tuscan cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
  • Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori: 170 m away, it offers authentic Italian dishes and a charming ambiance.
  • Il Latini: 700 m away, this is known for its family-style dining with classic Tuscan recipes.
  • Bisteccheria - Osteria dell'Orcagna: 75 m away, offering Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Central-Italian cuisines. It caters to vegetarian diners and serves lunch, dinner, and late-night meals.
  • I' Girone De' Ghiotti: 190 m away, a delightful eatery that focuses on the value of money, offering delectable Italian, Fast Food, Mediterranean, and Tuscan dishes.
stay

Budget
Hotel Balcony, 850 m; Hotel Nizza, 900 m

Mid-range
Hotel Degli Orafi, 240 m, FH Hotel Calzaiuoli Firenze, 280 m

Luxury
Bernini Palace Hotel, 200 m; Hotel Savoy, 400 m

Beyond Palazzo Vecchio

Uffizi Gallery
Duomo Florence
Basilica of Santa Croce

Frequently asked questions about Palazzo Vecchio Tickets

How much is a ticket to Palazzo Vecchio?

Ticket prices may vary based on age, residency, and additional options like guided tours or audio guides. Currently, standard tickets for adults typically starts from €43, while discounts are available for seniors, students, and children.

How can I book Palazzo Vecchio tickets?

Tickets for Palazzo Vecchio can be conveniently booked online through authorized third-party platforms. Alternatively, they can also be purchased directly at the on-site ticket office upon arrival.

Why should I book Palazzo Vecchio tickets online?

Booking Palazzo Vecchio tickets online saves time, granting skip-the-line access and guaranteed entry. It offers flexible time slot choices and a hassle-free purchase process, ensuring a smooth and convenient visit.

What do Palazzo Vecchio tickets include?

Standard tickets typically grant access to the museum's courtyards, halls, and certain exhibitions. Some tickets may also include guided tours or access to specific areas like the tower or secret passages.

Are discounts available on Palazzo Vecchio tickets?

Yes. Those between 18-25 enjoy reduced pricing, while those under 18 get free entry to Palazzo Vecchio.

Do Palazzo Vecchio tickets include skip the line access?

Yes, Palazzo Vecchio tickets include skip the line access, allowing holders to bypass the regular ticket lines and enter directly.

How do I access the sub-attractions of Palazzo Vecchio?

Access to sub-attractions within Palazzo Vecchio, such as the tower or secret passages, often requires separate tickets or specific tour bookings. These can be purchased in addition to general entry tickets.

Are guided Palazzo Vecchio tours available?

Yes. It depends on the tickets you book; you can specifically book Palazzo Vecchio guided tours accordingly. You’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking guide throughout your tour.

What is the cancelation policy for Palazzo Vecchio tickets?

It depends on the ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund if canceled within 48 hours, others cannot be canceled, amended or refunded.

What are Palazzo Vecchio opening hours?

Palazzo Vecchio is open from Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday between 9 AM to 7 PM; Thursdays, between 9 AM to 2 PM.

What is the best time to visit Palazzo Vecchio?

The best time to visit would be on weekdays during the early morning slots. The best time of year would be during the off-season, between October to April, since the summer season tends to get quite crowded.

How do I get to Palazzo Vecchio?

You can simply walk to Palazzo Vecchio from Piazza del Duomo, or take a metro or bus to get to the site.

Is Palazzo Vecchio wheelchair accessible?

Yes, wheelchair users can use the entrance on the side, Via dei Gondi. The two primary floors are accessible by wheelchair, while some parts of the mezzanine might not be.

How long does it take to complete a tour of Palazzo Vecchio?

The duration of a visit to Palazzo Vecchio depends on individual preferences and the extent of exploration. On average, visitors spend about 1.5 - 2 hours exploring the museum and its attractions. However, the actual time spent can vary based on interests and tour choices.

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