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Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

1. Palazzo Vecchio: Skip-the-Line Entry and Secret Passage Tour

This tour allows visits to a suite of off-the-beaten-path locations in Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Among them is the mysterious stairway built in the thick walls by the will of Gualtieri di Brienee. Skip the line and head off on a one hour and 45-minute guided tour. Discover the small study of Francesco I de’ Medici, a very elegant treasure "of rare and precious things," and the desk of his father Cosimo I, more widely known as Tesoretto. To round off the experience, hear about the huge trussed structure built by the great architect Giorgio Vasari, which supports the paneled ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento, the main room of the palace.

Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

2. Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

Enjoy your day in Florence discovering the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo, and choose to climb Brunelleschi's dome. Join a group tour or select the private tour option to tailor the tour to your needs. Take advantage of the Brunelleschi Pass, valid for 72 hours, and visit the Museum and the baptistery of the Duomo after your tour has ended. Enjoy speedy entry to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved tickets. Hear the story of Michaelangelo's David and its creator. Learn about the legacy of the ruling Medici family and how this collection was gifted to the people of Florence. Next, head to the famous Duomo. Discover priceless works of Gothic and Renaissance art and admire the building for its size and intricate marble decorations. See the Baptistry, famous for its Gates of Paradise. Enjoy pre-reserved and exclusive entry to Brunelleschi's Dome at the end of the tour (if that option is chosen). Climb the dome or Giotto's Tower on your own time and admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

3. Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Guided Tour

Experience Palazzo Vecchio, the hearth of Florence and a symbol of the city’s history, with an experienced guide. Florence’s town hall building dates back to 1299 when it was built to host the government leaders of medieval Florence. You’ll come to understand how its architecture, art, sculptures, and paintings contribute to create a rich and complex representation of the city.   Admire masterpieces by celebrated artists of the Renaissance scattered throughout the Palazzo’s many halls, chambers, and courtyards. The highlight of the experience will be the stunning Salone dei Cinquecento (“Hall of the Five Hundred”), the most imposing chamber in the building, its ceilings rising to 75 feet. Here, you can admire the frescoes and paintings of Giorgio Vasari, who took over the decoration of the room from Michelangelo.   For a truly engaging immersion into the history of Florence, come explore this unique building that has transformed and renewed itself throughout the centuries.

Best of Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. 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.

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Entrance Ticket & Videoguide

5. 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.

Hidden Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

6. Hidden Florence: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Explore some of the most famous sites from Florence’s centuries-old past as you learn about the city’s mysteries on this 2-hour guided walk. Visit the ancient center of the city, where some of the most interesting secrets are kept. At the Baptistery, Duomo, and Cathedral, you’ll hear about the Miracle of the Flowering Tree and the Bull and the Baker. At a spot near Dante’s home your guide will tell you about the Church of Dante and Beatrice. Stop to see Palazzo Vecchio, the location of the guilds, and the Medici family political court. Continue on to the lovely Piazza della Signoria, site of an open-air museum with many statues, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David, and other noteworthy works, including the often unseen Profile, carved by Michelangelo. Walk through the wings of the Uffizi Gallery, and follow along the Arno River to the Ponte Vecchio, famous for its gold jewelry shops. The tour ends in front of the iconic Palazzo Pitti.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

7. 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

8. 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 Florence Private 3-Hour Tour

9. 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

10. 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...

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We did both the Palazzo Vecchio palace and climbed the Arnolfo Tower. If you’re tight on time and have already climbed the Duomo and/or Giotto’s bell tower, I think you can skip the tower and just tour the Palazzo Vecchio. The palace was beautiful, especially the main room and all the frescoes. Having the video guide was also nice as it gave you flexibility to choose what you wanted to listen to at your own pace.

The collection of tickets from the info point was fuss free. The view of Florence from the Alforno Tower is breathtaking after the climb of 200 plus steps. Audio guide for the Palazzo Vecchio museum is good to understand the different rooms and sculptures inside.

A very interesting tour with access to wonderful spaces not normally available to tourists. Our guide, Andrea was very personable and interesting.I would highly recommend this tour

Made the visit to the palazzo vecchio so much more interesting. Tomasso was an excellent guide.

Walking tour organized in detail, two hours without getting bored.