Guided tour of private passages created for the Medici's to avoid enemies and move safely. Real history in real places. Places exist inside Palazzo Vecchio where time seems to have stood still and where it is easier for today's visitors to relive the emotions of the past. Since 2000 the Museum has made many of these special places accessible to the public but they can only be visited by small groups - max. 10 people - accompanied by an expert guide.
- Target: 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.
- Lenght: one hour and a ten minutes
- Maximum number of participants: 10 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.
November to May:
Everyday except Thursday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm
Tuesdays at 10:00 am and 11:30 am
June to October:
Everyday except Thursday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am and 11:30 am
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary and an email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block our automatic emails (especially users of aol, Sbcglobal, Comcast and libero). Your voucher will also be available for downloading from http://www.weekendinitaly.com/get_vouchers2.php (same timing as email confirmations)
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 – book your Secret Passages of the Palazzo Vecchio Tour tickets with Weekend in Italy! The Secret Passages Tour takes you into places within Florence's 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 tickets with us and catch some intriguing and mysterious glimpses of the Palazzo Vecchio!
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.