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Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Audioguide Tour

1. 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

2. 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.

Palazzo Vecchio: Museum and Tower Guided Private Tour

3. 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.

Florence for Beginners Walking Tour

4. Florence for Beginners Walking Tour

Join the group at the Basilica Di San Lorenzo and meet your informative and friendly local guide who will take you on a journey of discovery that few tourists ever get to experience. Start with the the Piazza della Signoria near the impressive Palazzo Vecchio where you will learn how the square got its name. A short stroll away you’ll find yourself among the pint-sized jewelry shops as you cross the River Arno via the Ponte Vecchio. Learn how the medieval bridge was intended to be an important city defense. Enjoy the fascinating tale about the bridge’s hidden passageway that was built for the wealthy Cosimo I de Medici. See the inscription by Dante marking the site of the Amidel murder and absorb 2,000 years of history as you visit the Roman Forum, now the Piazza della Repubblica. Learn about the Renaissance awakening of artistic and cultural appreciation in Florence during the 15th century and hear about residents such as Machiavelli, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Donatello and Petrarch and the mark they left through their literary and artistic talents. Discover lesser-known spots such as the artisan Oltrarno Quarter where you will spot some wonderful backstreet cafes and delis to return to later. Dive down narrow passageways to emerge in quiet quarters of the city where everyday life rumbles on at an unhurried pace. Join the hustle and bustle in the Mercato Centrale where fresh produce, cheese, meat and fish provide a wonderful aroma such as only Italian foods can generate! Smell the leather as you walk through the Mercato Nuovo and learn the stories of tanners and leather smiths who relied on the river for their livelihoods. Take time to look up at the awe-inspiring sculptures under the Loggia dei Lanzi and admire the surrounding architecture in the Piazza della Signoria. Familiarize yourself with the artistic and architectural achievements of the Florentines in the Renaissance, and stroll by the Orsanmichele church as you explore how medieval crafts turned into Renaissance artistic leadership.

Florence: Private Half-Day Guided City Tour & Uffizi Gallery

5. Florence: Private Half-Day Guided City Tour & Uffizi Gallery

Meet your private driver and guide at your hotel for a chauffeured tour of the unparalleled beauty of Florence. Stop first at the Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the wonderful panoramic views of the city. From here, the tour will continue to the old city centre for a visit to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. A short walk through the historic streets in the heart of Florence will bring you to the famous Piazza Signoria, where you can admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, an immense medieval building that is Florence's town hall. Then, stop by the Loggia del Lanzi, and admire the beautiful sculptures in the outdoor gallery under its impressive and ornate columns. From here we will continue to the famous Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's most important art collections. Here you can admire superb paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, and many more Italian Renaissance masters. The tour will end inside the museum, leaving you well places to continue exploring the beautiful streets of Florence.

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What people are saying about Salone dei Cinquecento

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 52 reviews

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.

Natalia, our guide, was very knowledgeable, nice, and engaging with our kids. She really made the palace tour come to life. We loved the stories and little secrets she would point out along the way. So very glad that we did this tour and had this guide!

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!!!

Wonderful experience, Giulio, our guide, explained everything to us in a very professional way. We will try your services again.

Very interesting tour illustrated very well by the guide Natalia