Palazzo Vecchio Tickets
Guided tour by one of the most relevant characters of the Palace. Giorgio Vasari: Who better then than Giorgio Vasari himself to help visitors to Palazzo Vecchio understand the extraordinary undertaking that was asked of him in turning a haphazardly erected building into a lavish palace? The actor who impersonates Giorgio Vasari tells visitors about the Duke’s cultural policy decisions and reveals his own exceptional technical skill and that of his collaborators in creating Cosimo’s palace in record time. Lady Isabel de Remoso: The Queen favored the Duchess Eleonora di Toledo, Spain's Isabel de Reinoso, accompanying guests to the sumptuous rooms of the new Medici Palace. His words evoke the grand celebrations and events that took place in the Great Hall, the services offered to the distinguished guests who passed at court, and the daily habits of a "family" is so important. In this sense, an emphasis is placed on the rooms of Eleonora, her ladies, the Princes and the activities that enlivened every day.
During the visit, expert guides reveal and explain this peculiar aspect of Palazzo Vecchio - a true museum in itself - drawing the visitor's attention to artworks that are universally recognised as masterpieces. The visit ends in a place that is normally not open to the public.
Guided tour of private passages created for the Medici's to avoid enemies and move safely. Real history in real places. Places exist inside Palazzo Vecchio where time seems to have stood still and where it is easier for today's visitors to relive the emotions of the past. Since 2000 the Museum has made many of these special places accessible to the public but they can only be visited by small groups - max. 10 people - accompanied by an expert guide.
Palazzo Vecchio, the Children's Museum, where children are welcomed into the room of the stories of Bia and Garcia, to hear and watch stories staged by actors in period clothes that aim to bring the little ones in contact with the architecture of the building, telling stories that allow them to interact with the rooms of the palace. A collection of stories and legends of Palazzo Vecchio, narrated by the characters, really existed or imaginary, of the palace itself.
Fresco painting: After having acquired the secrets of fresco painting, visitors will also be able to retrace the still visible signs of the variety of techniques used by different artists inside the monumental Quarters. This allows participants in this activity to observe the frescoes from a different angle, guided by a far more in-depth knowledge than that of normal museum visitors. Apprentices in the atelier: Fora workshop duration, the audience in the role of apprentice to understand the process of producing a painting on wood, and what were the characteristics of each phase of work.
A visit to the ducal apartments, including the secret study room of duchess Bianca Cappello, usually closed to the public. The tour is ending in the Gallery of Renaissance Costumes, where are some replicas of dresses belonged to the members of the ducal family: duke Cosimo I de' Medici, his wife Eleonor of Tolledo, their children Bia, Giovanni, Lucrezia and Garcia.
“The Palazzo Vecchio resembles a giant chess piece. With its robust quadrangular facade and rusticated square-cut battlements, the massive rooklike building is aptly situated, guarding the southeast corner of the Piazza della Signoria”. This is what Dan Brown writes in his bestseller, Inferno, set in Florence, and mostly at the Palazzo Vecchio. Follow the steps of professor Robert Langdon and learn about the history of the palace as you move through the locations and scenes of the novel. The public rooms – as well as the most secret – become the settings for searches, pursuits, and coups de théâtre centered on a precise work of art. Discover the real places and objects of Dan Brown's bestseller!
Inside the tower a stone stairway of 223 steps allows to reach a crenellated lookout where you can admire a beautiful view of the city.