Learn about the role of the oldest palace formerly representing the power of the Medici family.
It was built in the Middle Ages on piazza Signoria by Arnolfo di Cambio, the architect of the dome of Florence and the Church of Santa Croce. It now consists of a decorated halls, art collections and an archaeological site in the basement. At the beginning, it was originally called Palazzo Della Signoria. Subsequently, it took the name of Palazzo Vecchio when the Medici family and their court settled in Palazzo Pitti. In front of the Palazzo Vecchio is the Neptune fountain.
At the entrance of the Palazzo, you will find two huge statues: a copy of David by Michelangelo (the original is in the Academy Gallery) and on the other side, Hercules and Cacus, a work by Baccio Bandinelli. Still on the side of the Palace you find the Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria, an open-air museum. You can observe works such as The Rape of the Sabines and Perseus with the head of Medusa. In between, a little further, you have the Uffizi Gallery built by the architect Giorgio Vasari in 1560.
Discover the elegant courtyard of Michelozzo inside the Palazzo. By the stairs access the 2nd floor and from there, admire the superb Hall of Five Hundred covered with frescoes by Vasari and measuring over 18 metres height. It is the largest room in Florence. Explore the rooms of Francis I of Medici, the private apartments of Eleanor of Toledo and the small chapel, lavishly decorated by Bronzino. Throughout your visit, browse the impressive frescoes, paintings and statues of the greatest Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio and many others…
During this itinerary an overall view on the room of Vasari is offered to you, in order to contemplate better this marvellous masterpiece and a little further you will meet the funerary mask with incredibly realistic details of Dante Alighieri, the famous writer of Divine Comedy with its Inferno. Afterwards, enter the Hall of the Lily Flowers, decorated with trompe l'oeil frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio. You will find the original of Judith and Holofernes, a statue produced by Donatello.
Take a look at the Map Room which testifies to the geographic knowledge of the time, showing many world maps of the Planet in the 16th century. In this room is hidden a secret passage: will you be able to find it? As in most cases different passages were used to escape the enemy invaders, but you will know more with our expert guide during your excursion.
Available days: Every day
Bookable Starting Time: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
All, on reservation
Adult rate: The rate of the tour depends on the number of people. CALCULATE YOUR OWN RATE!
Child rate: From 6 years to 17 years with ID. Please insert number of people!
Meeting Point: Piazza della Signoria, Neptun’s Fountain