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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.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Museum

3. 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.

Inferno Tour In Florence

4. 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...

Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

5. Florence: Private 3-Hour Tour with Uffizi Gallery Visit

On this private 3-hour tour you will explore the highlights of Florence before entering the Uffizi Gallery with your pre-booked fast-track ticket. To start off the tour you can admire the marvelous Duomo complex with monuments completely covered in polychrome marbles. Explore the Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and Florence Cathedral with the great dome by Brunelleschi. You will proceed on to the imposing and singular stone building of the Church of Orsanmichele in which the wonderful tabernacle of Orcagna, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic Art, is located. Then you will reach the lively Mercato della Paglia with the famous "piglet", and discover the spectacular beauty of Piazza della Signoria with the sculptural masterpieces of Loggia dei Lanzi and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the most famous symbols of the city. The wonderful prospective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square, and in this famous museum you can admire countless works of art among which the most loved painting in the world: the beautiful “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. At the end of the guided tour you can remain in the museum to explore further at your leisure.

Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

6. 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

7. 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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What people are saying about Salone dei Cinquecento

This was a wonderful tour. Our guide Natalia (sp) was great! She knew everything and answered all our questions. We are not really art history lovers and she did not concentrate on brush strokes (like our Piti Palace guide) but did point out interesting parts of a painting. Also explained what the different rooms were used for and even showed us an open privy room from the Medici era. This tour is a must.

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!

Very nice visit. Regarding the audio guide, information should be provided by the hostess or a user guide provided with the audio guide for quick use of this device. The content is awesome!!!

A very original way to discover the Palazzo Vecchio through hidden passages and stairs. At the end of this particular visit, we can access the "classic" rooms open to the public.

Brilliant Tour Guide, very informative and we were able to access areas not normally seen by the public