Let your imagination take flight and experience the past as if it were the present! The Secret Passages Tour takes you into places within the Palazzo Vecchio where time seems to have come to a standstill. Accompanied by an expert guide, experience unique places such as secret staircases, hidden rooms, and the roof trusses of the Salone dei Cinquecento. Book your Secret Passages Tour with us and catch some intriguing and mysterious glimpses of the Palazzo Vecchio!
Target audience: adults and families with children over 10 years old
Available in Italian, English and French; during the summer, you can visit in German or Spanish according to availability.
Length: one hour and a ten minutes
Maximum number of participants: 10 people
November to June 11:
Everyday except Thursday at 10am, 11:30am, 2:30pm and 4:00pm
Tuesdays at 10am and 11:30am
June 12 to October:
Everyday except Thursday at 10:00am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am and 11:30am
The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).
Videoguide Tablet for Palazzo Vecchio
It is possible to add to the service the reservation of a Videoguide for Palazzo Vecchio: a modern tablet, 7 inches long with headset, that can be picked up at the Info Point of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.
The tablet is provided for up to two hours, so the time of booking of the tablet will be calculated based on the time of booking of the selected combination. The tablet contains an explanation of the Monumental Quarters without Bianca Cappello Room
- Interactive Map of the Palace
- 60 minutes of video contents available in 6 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Russian).
- 3D reconstructions (including the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Green Room and The Room of Maps)
- Photo Gallery: 60 zoomable pictures in high resolution
Let your imagination take flight and experience the past as if it were the present! There are places within the Palazzo Vecchio where time seems to have come to a standstill. Since 2000, the museum of the Palazzo Vecchio has made some of these special places accessible to the public – but only for small groups (no more than 12 per group).
Accompanied by an expert guide, experience unique places such as the Stairway of the Duke of Athens, the Studiolo (study) of Francesco I, the Tesoretto (little treasure) di Cosimo I, and the trusses of the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento. While all these are very different one from the other, they offer an unusual and illuminating glimpses of the Palazzo Vecchio.
Built between 1342 and 1343, the Stairway of the Duke of Athens is an escape route built inside the thick walls of the Palazzo Vecchio, permitting unseen exit through a tiny door in Via della Ninna.
The Tesoretto and the Studiolo, located one above the other next to the Salone dei Cinquecento, are reminiscent of the refined and cultured climate of the Italian courts during the Renaissance. With their precious interiors and art work these rooms are significant examples of the Medici princes' passion for the arts and sciences.
The double rows of Vasarian trusses holding up the roof in the Salone dei Cinquecento and the imposing gilded recessed ceiling of this hall are a perfect expression of the unity between art and science that was typical of the Humanism and Renaissance periods.
Full price ticket
Reduced price ticket: people between 18 and 25 years old.
Free ticket: children under 18 years old and Firenze card holders
The cost of the cultural activity and service are due for all the categories of tickets
The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano
Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
A dream that continues into reality.