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Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

1. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of Florence. Built in 1299 to house the leaders of the medieval city it is the symbol of the city’s history. The golden age of Palazzo Vecchio began when the Medici family decided to turn it into a real palace, making it the family residence. During your visit, you’ll be able to admire the architecture of the palazzo, and its sculptures and paintings, and learn about its rich and complex history over the centuries. Your visit to the Palazzo Vecchio will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Upgrade your experience to include Arnolfo's Tower, and enjoy the fantastic views from the tower's summit. Visit the tower first, then head to the museum 1 hour later.

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.

Best of Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. 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.

Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour

4. Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour

Florence is a city of delights, and walking its streets is the best way to get a sense of its pleasures. Of course our guides will take you to the most important sites around town, but they'll also share with you the intrigue, gossip and historical anectodes this city has lurking under its surface! Florentines have a long history of greatness. From Michelangelo to Da Vinci, these streets have played home to some of the most influential thinkers and creators of the modern world. We will explore the historical and architectural evolutions from Roman times through the medieval centuries and into the Renaissance, when Florence really blossomed into what it is today. People often consider this the very birthplace of the Renaissance, and we feel that you'll soon understand why. The romance and intrigue of its streets are enough to make any person jump up and grab a paint brush! As we walk through the center of this UNESCO Heritage Cities, we will stop for a surprise "tasting" to learn about the culinary and wine aspects of Florence's rich culinary traditions. We will also see the Piazza della Signoria, with the town hall Palazzo Vecchio, with its massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace. It is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany! We stop by the famed Duomo, the Baptistry and "Gates of Paradise", as well as the picture postcard perfect Pontevecchio. This icon of our city will amaze you with its grandeur and beauty! Make sure to stop and have a gelato at one of the incredible shops lining the streets! There are plenty of other treasures to explore along our way, and our guides will make sure to point out each one and explain its importance and history to you. Finally, we will arrive at the famous shopping streets of the Oltrarno, which is a part of the historic center of Florence, and is known for its exquisite hand-made crafts. We depart ways here, and hope that you've discovered what makes our city something really special. Ciao!

Florence for Beginners Walking Tour

5. 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.

Palazzo Vecchio: Magnificent Private Tour

6. Palazzo Vecchio: Magnificent Private Tour

Take a 2-hour tour with a private guide to discover the must-see Palazzo Vecchio. The famous medieval castle is filled with history and houses an incredible collection of Renaissance artworks. Meet your guide outside the palace to start your magnificent tour. Admire the high decorated ceilings and the stunning frescoes in the Hall of the Five Hundred. See impressive Renaissance statues by Donatello and Michelangelo, visit a hall filled with ancient maps, and discover private rooms as you learn about the Medici family’s power. Wander through the extensive apartments and halls with a knowledgeable guide, as you learn about the palace’s history and everyday life there. Listen to stories and myths from the Renaissance period, told by your expert guide.

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What people are saying about Salone dei Cinquecento

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,139 reviews

O palácio é extraordinário. Os tectos são espantosos. A sala dos 500 é maravilhosa. Habitualmente não gosto de visitas guiadas, prefiro ver tudo por mim própria, mas neste caso acho que vale a pena ter um guia para não perder certos pormenores. A visita ao palácio é de não perder

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

Wonderful place to be visited - full of glorious history of the facsinating Florence!

Everything was well organized...I can only recommend.