Visit Palazzo della Signoria, better known as Palazzo Vecchio - a symbol of the civil power of the city of Florence and the historical seat of the various governing bodies of the city. It owes its current structure to the great works of renovation and decoration of the interior to accommodate the reign of Cosimo I de Medici. The visit is supported by the Video Tablet Guide, and includes free access to the archaeological excavations hidden in the underground of the palace, a vast Roman theater that could hold over 15,000 spectators during its golden age.
Subsequently, the Roman theater of Florentia fell into a state of abandon, was buried by building projects and the expansion of Palazzo Vecchio. Through six years of archeological excavations, Florentia’s ancient theater has been uncovered.
Maximum group size: 25
- The excavation site is partially accessible to persons with limited mobility (with companion)
- For security reasons the site is not accessible to children under 8 years of age.
Video Tablet Guide:
The video guide is a modern 7-inch tablet complete with single-use headset. Tablet rental time is 2 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 the Bianca Cappello Room. Video guide tablet can be picked up at the Info Point of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.
- 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
Cancellation Policy: Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation we can refund the cost of unused tickets minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).
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The Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
The visit begins in the Cortile di Michelozzo, the courtyard adorned with stuccoes and frescoes, and continues on the first floor with the Salone dei Cinquecento, where a majestic cycle of pictures celebrates the apotheosis of Cosimo de’ Medici and the city of Florence and a rich array of statues accompany Michelangelo’s celebrated victory. The second floor of the museum holds the private rooms of the Medici court, all sumptuously decorated and furnished. The magnificent private chapel (Cappella di Eleonora) is decorated with paintings by Agnolo Bronzino. Important testimonies of the Palazzo’s oldest decorations are kept in the Sala dell’Udienza and the Sala dei Gigli, where the original of Donatello’s Judith is also found. In the Sala delle Carte Geografiche, an exceptionally large globe and more than fifty painted panels provide an extraordinary glimpse at all the parts of the world known in the sixteenth century. The mezzanine floor houses the remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages and Renaissance left to the city of Florence by Charles Loeser.
The Roman theater of Florentia
The Roman theater of Florentia was originally designed to host 7,000 spectators. However, historians estimate that the theater was enlarged to host anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 audience members during the Imperial Age when the city was subject to magnificent urban restructuring.
The Roman theater of Florentia remained active until the fifth century, after which it was abandoned and forgotten -- buried by building projects and the expansion of Palazzo Vecchio. Its remains began to gradually re-surface in the nineteenth century, when Florence became the Kingdom of Italy’s capital in 1865. At this time, the city’s urban landscape was subject to a far-reaching series of modernization projects.
The vestiges of Roman theater of Florentia extend over a vast underground area under the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Gondi. Its auditorium faces the Piazza della Signoria, while its stage runs along the Via dei Leoni.
Through six years of archeological excavations, Florentia’s ancient theater has been uncovered.
The project sparked the re-discovery of several corridors or “burelle”, including the vomitorium (a central corridor that spectators used to access the theater). Additionally, the internal edge of the orchestra platform is now visible. Unlike in Greece, the orchestra space in Roman theater did not host the chorus but was instead reserved for the authorities.
Archaeologists also found a set of amphora used for food storage that had been broken and re-used for water drainage. These artifacts proved fundamental to historians who were consequently able to trace the construction of the “burelle” to the late first century or early second century AD.
It is likely that the theater’s original nucleus dates back to the Roman colony’s foundation at the end of the first century BC. The structure was probably enlarged later. Above the theater’s Imperial Roman remains, experts uncovered various stratifications, spotlighting medieval structures (12th – 14th centuries) including wells, dwelling foundations, and other buildings.
One such example is the street front of a building with medieval doors and pavement. It was included as part of the Palazzo della Signoria’s 16th century expansion toward the Via dei Gondi and the Via de’ Leoni.
Full Price Tickets only
PLEASE NOTE: No free tickets available.
The ticket includes access to the Museum (with Video Tablet Guide) and to the excavations.
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
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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.
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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.