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Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour

1. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour

Explore the secret passages of the Palazzo Vecchio. Experience the exciting discovery of the places and paths of Palazzo Vecchio that are not accessible to the general public and that have only recently been made available for very small groups of people. You will ascend the narrow passages of the Duke Gualtieri and you will discover an unexpected path beyond a door hidden by a painting. You will also admire the imposing coffered ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento. Complete your tour of the Palazzo Vecchio with a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant or a gelato tasting in one of the most famous ice cream shops of Florence.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Audioguide Tour

2. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Audioguide Tour

Standing majestically over the Florence skyline, the Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most recognized symbols of the city. Built during the Middle Ages, it still preserves the austere architecture of the 14th century, and provides the highest viewpoint in the city from Brunelleschi’s Dome. Enter the elegant courtyard by Michelozzo, and admire the beautiful “Hall of the 500.” See an intimate study of Francesco I de’ Medici, as well as the private apartments of Eleonora of Toledo and Cosimo I de’ Medici. Explore the extravagant boardrooms with their stunning frescoes, paintings, and statues of the greatest Renaissance artists, such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, Vasari, Ghirlandaio, and Bronzino.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

3. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Museum

4. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Explore the town hall of Florence on a 2-hour tour of the Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Visit the private apartments of the Medici family and enjoy the atmosphere.  Admire the impressive murals that decorate the walls of the Salone dei Cinquecento — the Hall of the Five Hundred — and discover classic art from medieval masters to those of the Renaissance.

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Inferno Florence Private 3-Hour Tour

6. Inferno Florence Private 3-Hour Tour

Florence is the birthplace of the Great Poet DANTE, a city that  is full of mysteries and secrets and you will discover it in so unusual way. We will follow the clues of the main character of the book, Robert Langdon, deeper and deeper in the Hell... One symbol after another, one place after another until the discovery of the last secret. You'll move among old palaces, squares, buildings, galleries and works already known worlwide, such as in open-air museum. Exploring this mysterious past will help you understand what is hidden behind "Inferno", the world-famous book by American writer Dan Brown. You will visit the inside of the Palazzo della Signoria, the Baptistry and Cathedral of Florence  Science, literature and art are here mixed together. You will see a unique Florence and learn a completely new Dante as you immerse yourself in the Florence of the Middle Ages. Search and find the truth!

Inferno Tour In Florence

7. Inferno Tour In Florence

Enjoy our INFERNO walking tour in Florence, led by an expert local guide and discover Palazzo Vecchio: the town hall of Florence. Follow Robert Langdon's steps, in Dan Brown's latest novel and released Tom Hanks' movie, to discover fascinating secrets of Florence. You’ve read the book or seen the film. Now, plunge deep into the secrets of the world of Dan Brown, strolling through the darkest side of Florence, the Medieval town! You’ll learn all the secrets used in his novel - a tour of mystery and suspense. Walk Florence's striking city center in all its splendor from a uniquely captivating viewpoint, gape at the details of the city's exciting history and centuries-old legacy, hear all about the great Medici dynasty and their political intrigues, admire the Palazzo Vecchio one of their grand palaces and other imposing landmarks described in the novel. You’ll be led through the beautiful “Salone dei Cinquecento”: this “giant chess piece that has become an inimitable symbol of Florence” will have you as one of its players. You will feel as though you’re actually walking side-by-side with novel characters Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks, experiencing a Dante Alighieri’s "Divine Comedy", You’ll have time to admire the Hall of Geographical Maps and Dante’s death Mask. This is a must not just for Dan Brown freaks but for anyone who wants to know more about the secrets of Florence and astonishing paintings and so on...

Best of Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Best of Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour

If you’re interested in the culture of Florence and the beauty of its architecture, join this 2-hour guided walking tour that takes in the most important monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking tour begins at the Piazza San Firenze; home of the Bargello and the Tribunale Fiorentino. Walk first to the Church of Santa Croce, home to many well-known masterpieces and burial place of some of Italy's most important personages. Next come to Piazza Signoria known for Neptune's Fountain, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the lovely Piazzale degli Uffizi. Cross the Ponte Vecchio; the medieval stone bridge famous for its gold jewelry shops, and arrive at the spectacular Pitti palace; former residence of the Medici family. Head back toward the Arno and the historic center along Via Maggio and Ponta Santa Trinita, passing along Via Tornabuoni where you will see some of Florence's top fashion boutiques. Stop at the Strozzi Palace; prototype of Renaissance architecture and then finish with the impressive Piazza Republica and the magnificent Florence Cathedral.

Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

9. Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

Discover the history and art of the Palazzo Vecchio on this private tour. Meet your guide outside the palace, skip the lines and learn about the many roles of this emblematic building throughout Florence's history. Visit the incredible collection of Renaissance artwork, marvel at the exquisite ceilings in the Hall of the Five Hundred, and explore a hall filled with ancient maps. Travel through time to the end of the 13th century when the palace was built, and then follow its path to becoming the seat of the Florentine Republic, and later the residence of Grand Duke Cosimo I de Medici. Tour the Government Halls and the Granducale family's private rooms, renovated by Giorgio Vasari, and explore the apartments of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo. Climb Arnolfo's Tower for panoramic views of Florence.

Palazzo Vecchio: Semi-Private Tour

10. Palazzo Vecchio: Semi-Private Tour

Upon meeting with your fun and friendly guide, you will then kickstart the action by taking the priority entrance into the palace, making sure you waste no time waiting in line. The building, built at the end of the year 1200, holds a vast array of icons and items that belong to the Medici family.  Inside, you can visit the Halls of the Government of the Republic, the rooms of the Grand Ducal Family, the "Sala dei Gigli", the "Sala delle Mappe Geografiche" and the Sala of the last Chancellor of the Republic". Prepare yourself for the main attraction, the Salone dei 500, entirely frescoed by Giorgio Vasari. After the guided tour you'll have the possibility to return even during the days following the visit, to explore the museum again freely since the entrance ticket does not have an expiration date.

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Angelo was a great guide, beyond knowledgeable, and hilarious! Extremely engaging tour for those wanting to really learn about Florence and especially the Statue of David! Book this tour with David!

Discovering the history of the city you are visiting, the secrets and anecdotes of the past was very stimulating and enjoyable with the help of a young and highly trained guide!

Laura is great, very knowledgeable and friendly. She showed us so much about Florence, and I am extremely glad that we have her as our tour guide. Thank you Laura

Sylvia was prompt, very friendly, and very knowledgeable of the history and significance of the sights. Would definitely recommend!

Totally recommend it was fantastic! Our guide was amazing.