The Palazzo Vecchio Museum is located in the heart of Florence, on Piazza della Signoria. It is less than a 10-minute walk from the Florence Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, and other popular landmarks.
If you are outside the historic center, you can reach the museum by bus. Take the C2 route to Canto alla Quarconia stop or the C2 route to Galleria degli Uffizi stop.
The Palazzo Vecchio was built more than seven centuries ago to become the main symbol of the civic power of Florence. You can explore the large impressive halls, institutional chambers, and private rooms of the Medici court. All of them are richly decorated by Giorgio Vasari and other famous artists.
The palace is filled with art pieces, including statues, monumental paintings, and frescoes. Admire a marvelous chapel completely painted by Agnolo Bronzino, and marvel at one of the last works by the Renaissance sculptor Donatello — a bronze statue of Judith assassinating the Assyrian general Holofernes.
Take advantage of the opportunity to climb the Arnolfo Tower, which offers excellent panoramic views of the city. The tower is about 95 meters tall, and you can have one of the best views of the historic center.
Being one of Florence’s iconic landmarks, the museum is almost always crowded with tourists but tends to be less busy during the early opening hours.
It is also good to know that one of the most exciting parts of the building — the Arnolfo Tower — can be closed because of rainy weather. Plan your visit for a sunny day to climb the tower and enjoy spectacular views of the city.
The Palazzo Vecchio, also known as Palazzo della Signoria, is open daily except for Christmas Day. You can visit it Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Sunday from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM. On Thursday, the museum closes earlier, at 02:00 PM.
A ticket for the Palazzo Vecchio Museum costs €12.50 for adults over 25 years old and €10 for young people aged 18–25 and university students. Entry is free for children under 18, disabled people accompanied by one carer, journalists, members of ICOM, ICCROM, and ICOMOS, as well as holders of the Card del Fiorentino.
The general admission museum ticket does not allow you to climb the Arnolfo Tower. You can get a separate ticket for the tower or a combined one for the whole palace.