Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower in Florence

One of the most important historical buildings of Florence, Palazzo Vecchio was built between 1298 and 1314 by Arnolfo di Cambio, a prominent Florentine architect, with various additions by Vasari in the 16th century.

Palazza Vecchio literally means Old Palace. It became known as the old palace after the Medici family moved from this palace to the Pitti Palace.

The museum offers its visitors alternatives in ticket options. It is a separate program to join the archaeological tour and climb the tower together with the Vecchio Museum.

If you do not want to participate in the archaeological tour or if you want to participate only in the museum and the archaeological tour, you have to pay different prices. You can also buy the entrance to the museum, ascent to the tower or archaeological tour tickets separately.

Vecchio Sarayi Gezisi
Palazzo Vecchio Salon Suslemeleri

The most striking point of the building is the 94 meter high bell tower. The entire palace can be visited in about 1.5 – 2 hours with guided tours. One advantage of the tours is that you can also visit places that you cannot visit individually. It is useful to consider this when buying a ticket.

The first room at the entrance of the building is used as an exhibition hall. It is possible to see the old state of Florence between the city walls in a drawing in the room. The keys used to enter through the gates of these walls are also exhibited here.

Palazzo Vecchio Eski Floransa Haritasi
Palazzo Vecchio Giris Anahtari

The large hall on the ground floor of the palace is called the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of Five Hundred) because the council consisted of 500 members during the period. All 500 people in the people’s council are chosen from people who have held bureaucratic positions in their families for 3 generations. This shows the importance of the hall.

Palazzo Vecchio Tavani
Palazzo Vecchio Besyuzler Salonu

The works of art in the hall are also very important. The most interesting sculpture in the room decorated by Vasari is the statue of Victory by Michelangelo.

Palazzo Vecchio Duvar Gorselleri
Palazzo Vecchio Duvar Resimleri

The small room next to the hall, Studiolo di Francesco I, is covered with paintings as it is. In the room with paintings by many famous artists such as Casini, Portelli, Vasari, Cavalori, the door to a small room belonging to Francesco is seen at the bottom right.

Vecchio Muzesi Studiolo Di Francesco Odasi
Vecchio Muzesi Studiolo Di Francesco Suslemeleri

One of the artifacts you should see in the museum is Dante’s death mask. The original face mask of Dante Alighieri, the author of the Divine Comedy, one of the greatest works in the history of world literature, is on display here. Don’t leave without seeing it.

Alighieri Dante Death Mask Palazza Vecchio
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The museum has many rooms belonging to the Medici family. Each room is filled with unique decorations and paintings. Floor and ceiling patterns attract the attention of every tourist.

Palazzo Vecchio Medici Odalari
Palazzo Vecchio Odalari

Some of the rooms are filled with items from the Medici families. The rooms with various sculptures and furniture overlook the Duomo. They also see the Piazza della Signoria.

Palazzo Vecchio Oda Gecisleri
Palazzo Vecchio Medici Kalan Esyalar