Piazza e Palazzo della Signoria

Power and palaces

For an amazing overview of Florentine history a guided visit to the rooms of Signoria Palace is extremely rewarding, and you complete your experience with the Bargello, the oldest civic building and now an eclectic museum.

  • Castagna Tower, where the Priori, elected since 1282, could safely gather
  • Bargello Palace, the oldest civic palace built for the government of the Florentine Republic. The Bargello leads us to the time of Dante’s Florence.
  • Signoria square its massive Republican architectures and statues, as the David, expressing the highest civic ideals.
  • Signoria Palace or Palazzo Vecchio both City Hall palace and a great museum. We will visit the halls of the Florentine Republican Government, the Salone dei Cinquecento and the private apartments of Duke Cosimo I Medici. Frescoes, amazing carved and painted ceilings, sculptures, the arts convey civic and political ideals.

The art of power and the power of the arts

The Bargello palace, formerly the Podestà Palace, was home of the Florentine Republic “Prime Minister”, the Podestà since 1255. Later it became a prison, and the Bargello, takes its name exactly from the former location of the police station and prison of the city. In the setting of a medieval fortress we will follow the history of the birth of the modern democracy. Today home of great sculptors, a visit to the Bargello Museum, allows you to follow the history of sculpture and its rebirth in the 15th Century.
The dignity and strength of Donatello through the versions of David, Saint George and busts and small bronzes reveal, apart from technical qualities, the achievements of a new Renaissance concept of form.
The succession of works leads to Michelangelo, from the early Bacchus to the dramatic mature Brutus, to Cellini and Giambologna, refined and complex expressions of late Renaissance issues.

Signoria Palace or Palazzo Vecchio is the symbol of the city since 1302: as headquarters of the Florentine Republic and today of the local administration it has always been the most significant civic building in Florence.
The massive walls built by Arnolfo di Cambio have witnessed the epitome of the Republic under Machiavelli and the rise to power of the Medici. The decorated interiors full of allegories show the ties between art and politics and constitute a rare example of a 16th Century palace. A journey through the museums reveals masterpieces by Donatello, Verrocchio and Michelangelo, but also rare geographical maps, cabinets and private rooms where politics, art and life met and continue to meet.

Practical information

  • Availability: tour operate from Thursday to Monday.
  • Length: 3 hours are recommended; 2 hours are the minimum duration.
  • Rates: the basic, 3-hour tour is 195€; the compact, 2-hour tour is 150€. Rates are per tour and not per person
  • Tickets and reservations are not included in our rates.

The tours are suitable for those using a wheelchair or with impaired mobility.

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