Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

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Admire Romanesque architecture in the heart of Tuscany at Palazzo Vecchio. Built at the turn of the 14th century, the palace now serves as the city's town hall and boasts a collection of art and interior decor from the last six centuries. Tour the Salone dei Cinquecento, with its gold-paneled ceiling and colorful murals, or head outside to see the antique, decorative facade and the original site of Michelangelo's "David" statue. You can visit the palace's three courtyards and outdoor areas free of charge, or pay for a complete tour of the building's interior. Put Palazzo Vecchio on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Florence vacation builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    One of the most beautiful palaces I have visited so far. Ticket costs 10€ but it's worth every cent! Well conserved paintings, sculptures and rooms  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Don't miss the beauty of the rooms of this building and the view from the tower at sunset is spectacular.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful place to visit even if us due to lack of time we didn't do a guided tour
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  • The most incredible place I have visited in Florence. When you walk into the Great Hall, it is impossible not to gasp in amazement. The paintings, frescoes, ceilings combined with the history make for an incredibly fascinating visit. Definitely get the multimedia guide of you aren't doing a tour, it changes the way you look at everything.
  • I purchased the museum and tower pack for €14. This pack give you access to the museum portion and the tower which takes you all the way to the top. Great view of Florence from there. Do note that the tower is closed if it is raining. And that usually there is an hour wait since there is a weight limit. Thus, only 2 people get to go at a time while 2 come out. It is quiet a walk up and be prepared to get tired. The view is worth it though.
  • Took the guided tour for scenes of inferno movie. Well worth with special access to non-public areas! Guided tour is about an hr and was very informative plus skip the lines all for additional 4 eur. Tower is about 200+ steps stroll in the park.
  • Reading comments on various places in Florence, it seems everything's a "must see" here, but when you just come for a weekend, it's kind of boring to see so many similar palaces and churches in such a short time. Instead of hopping like crazy and spending money left and right (everything​ in Florence costs at least 6€ it seems, and it adds up), take your time in Palazzo Vecchio. It's quite big and full of spectacular rooms. Make sure to take a guided visit which costs just 4€ on top of regular ticket *and allows you to skip the queue*. Just pass all the people and go to the cashier on the left. Guided visit takes ~1.5h, the guide explains a lot things that you would not notice by yourself and opens some hidden doors. After the tour you're free to walk around a bit more on your own. You can do Palazzo Vecchio as the first thing in the morning to avoid crowds. Base ticket costs 10€. Additional 4€ if you want to climb the tower, but sadly the tower is closed when it rains. Additional 4€ for the guided tour. If you have a backpack or a big bag, you need to leave it in the cloakroom, but first you need a ticket to get there.
  • Super cool place overall. It was neat to see the way the Medici had taken over and transformed it. Also the tower was really awesome with great views of the duomo.

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Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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