Palazzo Vecchio: The Medicean Palace

Discover some of the profound differences between today's society and 16th century civilization in Florence.

Overview

The visit to the Quartieri Monumentali (Monumental Apartments) ends in the Theatre of the Museum Renaissance Civilisation in Florence where the public are granted audience with either Duke Cosimo or Duchess Eleonora, impersonated by animator-actors armed with a sound historical training. Free dialogue between the characters and the visitors illustrates the profound differences between today's society and 16th-century civilisation in Florence, restoring the original cultural context to the works of art in the museum. Suitable for everyone from 8 years and over.

  • Target: for everyone from 8 years and over
  • Lenght: one and a half hours
  • Maximum number of participants: 25 people
  • Ticket Info: Beyond your guided tour or activity, your ticket gives you access to the rooms and collections of the Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Enjoy your self-guided visit after your tour or activity.

PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out.

Availability:

  • November to May, everyday except Thursdays at 3:30pm.
  • June to October: everyday at 11am and 3:30pm (on Thusrdays only at 11am)
  • 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

    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

    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

    Cosimo\'s Court

    In 1537, at the age of eighteen, Cosimo de\' Medici, son of the famous condottiere (mercenary captain) Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, became Duke of Florence. By handing over the government of the city to such a young duke, the most powerful Florentine families – including the Guicciardini – thought they would be able to control him. However, Cosimo I quickly proved to be an able, determined, and unscrupulous politician in governing the State, managing to end the ongoing civil war caused by rivalry among the various factions.

    In 1539 he married Eleonora, second-born of Don Pedro di Toledo, Viceroy of Naples. In 1540, they moved into Palazzo Vecchio that became the new Ducal Palace. The union between the couple was very solid: Cosimo I was a faithful husband and the Duchess followed him on his many journeys, whenever possible. Nevertheless, the life of the ducal family was devastated by death, and only three of their eleven children reached adulthood. Eleonora died in 1562 and Cosimo followed her in 1574, after having been crowned Grand-Duke of Tuscany.

    Your visit to the Quartieri Monumentali (Monumental Apartments) highlights the character of the palace created by Cosimo and, above all, the link between art and power. Cosimo was an ardent supporter of the arts and humanities, a passion which was continued by his descendants. The Medici’s patronage of the arts and humanities ultimately turned Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance as well as the cultural and business center of Europe, a flowering only paralleled by that of ancient Greece.  

    Your visit ends in the Museum Theater “Renaissance Civilization in Florence.” Here, you will be “granted audience” with either Duke Cosimo or Duchess Eleonora, impersonated by actors with a solid historical background. During the free dialogue between the characters and the visitors you will discover some of the profound differences between today\'s society and 16th century civilization in Florence. This experience will allow you to place the architecture and the works of art at the museum into their original cultural context.

    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).

    Tickets

    Tickets:

    • 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.

    Ticket Info: Beyond your guided tour or activity, your ticket gives you access to the rooms and collections of the Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Enjoy your self-guided visit after your tour or activity.

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