Access Arnolfo Tower & Video Guide Palazzo Vecchio Combo

Visit both the Palazzo Vecchio and climb its spectacular tower - with one easy ticket!

Overview

Cumulative ticket for the not guided visit to the Arnolfo's Tower and the Video Guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio.

 

At the moment of the confirmation, you will receive three vouchers: one for the visit of the Tower, one for the visit to Palazzo Vecchio and one for the Video Guide. You must print all 3 vouchers and bring them with you.

Visit lasts about 1 hour and a half and is available as follows:

  • Summer time (April to September): everyday from 9am to 8pm (on Thursdays, last entrance at 1pm)
  • Winter time (October to March): everyday from 10am to 4:30pm (on Thursdays, last entrance at 1pm)

Maximum 30 people per group.

The access to the Tower is suspended in case of rain; visit will be limited to the Ballatoio (the Patrol Paths on the Ramparts).

Access is not allowed to children under 6 years old; visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors with disability, heart condition or asthma, or who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia, are strongly advised against attempting the climb.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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.

Cancellation Policy:
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

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

Characteristics:
- 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

Intro

Climb the 223 steps of the Torre Arnolfo, which has been towering over the Palazzo Vecchio and Florence as a symbol of the city government for close to 1,000 years. The view over the city is simply breathtaking. And the history contained in the architecture will astound you. Your combo ticket offers you access to the tower, as well as a ticket to the Palazzo Vecchio, which you can visit in your own time using a Video Guide.

Arnolfo Tower & Palazzo Vecchio Combo Ticket

The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio

Literally "towering" over Florence, the 95m/311' high Tower of Palazzo Vecchio is one of the city's unmistakable symbols and focal points. Built between 1299 and the early 14th century, possibly designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, it is also one of the oldest parts of the building. As the seat of the city's government, the building's stern mass reflects specific political and administrative requirements. But the solid defensive wall, the ramparts with their arrowslits, and the tall lookout tower bear witness to the fact that it also served to protect the government from external attack. The tower also symbolically dominated the Florentine families' private house towers, which the "Government of the First People" had ordered to be reduced to a maximum height of approximately 29m/95'.

The tower consists of two parts. The first, completed by 1302, is encased in the palace walls and rests on the foundations of an earlier tower belonging to the Foraboschi family, known as the Torre della Vacca. The second part, completed over the following twenty years, rises up over the corbeled ramparts, continuing the facade of the edifice in a bold architectural gesture.

Inside the tower, a stone staircase of 223 steps leads up to the highest battlemented level, offering a spectacular view over the city. On the way up, you'll pass a small prison cell known as the Alberghetto (little guest house). Among the famous “guests” housed here for a while were Cosimo the Elder in 1433 (before he was exiled from Florence for a year on a charge of plotting against the Republic) and Fra' Girolamo Savonarola in 1498 (prior to his execution as a heretic in Piazza della Signoria).

Above the viewing level, two bell chambers house the bells known as the Martinella (rung to summon the citizens' assembly), the Campana del Mezzogiorno or Midday Bell, and the Campana dei Rintocchi or Chiming Bell. The pinnacle of the tower is topped by a copy of the old weathervane in the shape of the Marzocco lion with the lily of Florence (the original is now inside the palace). The clock mechanism was made by the Bavarian clockmaker Georg Ledel in 1667, while the clockface is the result of a 19th century restoration.

Palazzo Vecchio

Florence's city hall, the Palazzo della Signoria, known also as Palazzo Vecchio, has been the symbol of civil power of the city of Florence for more than seven centuries. Your visit begins in the Cortile di Michelozzo, the courtyard adorned with stuccoes and frescoes, crests of the church and city guilds, and frescoes by Giorgio Vasari. There is a fountain in the center built by Battista del Tadda. The putto (figure of a chubby child) with the dolphin, which crowns the fountain, is a copy of Andrea del Verocchio’s original, now on display on the second floor.

Step into the Palazzo and continue to the first floor with the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five-hundred), the large assembly hall. Here, you'll see the majestic cycle of pictures celebrating the history of Florence and the apotheosis of Cosimo de’ Medici as well as a rich array of statues accompanying Michelangelo’s celebrated sculpture Genius of Victory.

Continue onto the second floor of the museum for a visit to the private rooms of the Medici court, all sumptuously decorated and furnished. Among these is the marvelous Cappella di Eleonora, the chapel with paintings by Agnolo Bronzino. Some of the Palazzo’s oldest and most important decorative objects are on display in the Sala dell’Udienza (Audience Hall) and the Sala dei Gigli (Hall of the Lilies), where you'll also see the original of Donatello’s sculpture Judith. In the Sala delle Carte Geografiche (Hall of Maps) an exceptionally large globe and more than fifty painted panels provide an extraordinary glimpse of all the parts of the world known in the sixteenth century.

Round off your visit with a stroll through the mezzanine floor for its remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages and Renaissance left to the city of Florence by Charles Loeser, the American art historian and collector.

Cancellation Policy

Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, we can refund the cost of unused tickets, also for no-shows, minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

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