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Palazzo Vecchio Florence

Palace and town hall of Florence Italy (Firenze)

Palazzo Vecchio

The impressive Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most beautiful palaces in Florence Italy and today houses both a museum and Florence's town hall. More info about tours and tickets for this Florence palace.

Info & Tickets Palazzo Vecchio

Location Piazza della Signoria
Tickets
  • Museum Palazzo Vecchio: from 12.50 € (book tickets online)
  • Children 0-17 years free and 18-25 years 10.00 €
  • Free entry with the FirenzeCard
  • Arnolfo tower access: from 12.50 € (book tickets online)
  • Children 0-17 years free and 18-25 years 10.00 €

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Hours October 1 - March 31
  • Museum: Friday to Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tower: Friday to Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
April 1 - September 30
  • Museum: Friday to Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm and Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tower: Friday to Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Visit the Florentine seat of power

The Palazzo Vecchio has always been one of the most important palaces of Florence, as it used to serve as a government building, where Florence's political power was seated. Today the palace is still the city hall of Florence, but the palace also serves as a museum where part of the Medici art collection is displayed.

History of Palazzo Vecchio

Construction of the Palazzo Vecchio was completed in 1322. This completion was initiated by placing the clock in the tower, which was to warn the citizens of Florence of danger. The exterior of the Palazzo Vecchio has remained virtually unchanged over the years, but the interior has been overhauled by Cosimo I de Medici. Vasari was commissioned and he painted several frescoes of Florentine feats of arms. Cosimo I also connected the Palazzo Pitti across the Arno by underground corridors with the Palazzo Vecchio.

Palace in FlorencePalazzo Vecchio near the Piazza della Signoria
Palazzo VecchioThe Salone dei Cinquecento

Rooms in the Palazzo Vecchio

The Palazzo Vecchio consists of several rooms, of which the Salone dei Cinquecento is the most famous. Other impressive rooms are: the Cappella di Eleonora, the Sala dei Gigli and the Sala delle Mappe.

In the spotlight: Salone dei Cinquecento

Built in 1495, this 'hall of five hundred' was designed and frescoed by Giorgio Vasari. The hall used to be used for meetings of the counsel of the people, where exactly five hundred people could be present. The hall of five hundred has a coffered ceiling, with the ceiling divided into several panels containing a painting. The most famous can be found in the center of the ceiling. This one is from Vasari and is called the Apotheosis of Cosimo I. The walls of the Salone are painted with frescoes, such as Michelangelo's The Victory.

In the spotlight: Capella die Eleonora

Cosimo de Medici married Eleonora from Toledo and transformed the top floor of the Palazzo Vecchio into a small chapel for his wife Eleonora's private dedications. The chapel was painted by Bronzino with Biblical images, in which redemption was central. The frescoes on the walls depict scenes from the life of Moses. The altarpiece is a copy that Bronzino made in 1553 from his original from 1545.

Palazzo VecchioThe courtyard of the palazzo
Palazzo Vecchio FlorenceThe beautifully decorated palace in Florence

View over Florence

The bell tower of the Palazzo Vecchio is the oldest part of the palace and was probably designed by Di Cambio. The tower is 95 meters in total and you can climb it for a beautiful view over the historic center of Firenze. Despite the four hundred steps it is a nice climb to the top, because you can stop at several point. This tower is not so busy yet as the bell tower of the Duomo. For safety reasons, you cannot enter the tower when it is raining. Children under the age of six are also not allowed for that reason. Children over six are only allowed to visit the tower in the presence of an adult.


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