Rete civica del Comune di Firenze

Museo di Palazzo Vecchio


30 march 2017: due to G/7 event, the museum will be open only from 9 am to 11 am
31 march 2017: "Salone dei 500" closed till 2 pm (open the other rooms)

What to see

Palazzo Vecchio symbolises the city and has been its seat of government for more than seven centuries. Its fantastic sights, bearing witness to every major phase in Florentine history and art, include the ruins of the Roman theatre in its archaeological crypt, its sumptuous monumental apartments decorated by celebrated 15th and 16th century artists, and the breathtaking views to be had from its battlements and tower. The palace also houses such masterpieces of art as Donatello's Judith, Bronzino's paintings in the Chapel of Eleonora and Michelangelo's Victory.

Pratical information and facilities

This palace is also the seat of the city council. Unfortunately this means that on certain special occasions when institutional ceremonies are scheduled, the museum may be totally or partially closed to the public.

WARNING: We cannot always tell a long time in advance whether closure is going to be total or partial, so we strongly advise you to check the "Visitors please note" section before starting your visit.
The ticket is valid for six months from the day of purchase, so you can always buy your ticket on one day and visit the palace on another.

SEDIA_ROTELLE Access for disabled visitors is via the side entrance in Via dei Gondi.
The two main floors of the museum are wheel-chair accessible, but unfortunately architectural barriers prevent access to the mezzanine floor and to some of the educational activity locations.

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE: The Excavations of the Roman Theatre of Florence
No Access for children under 8 years of age
SEDIA_ROTELLE Partially accessible

No Access for children under 6 years of age
All visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Visitors with a disability, heart condition or asthma, or who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia, are strongly advised against attempting the climb.
Access to the Tower is suspended in the event of rain, when the tour ends at the Battlements.
SEDIA_ROTELLE Inaccessible


INFO InfoPoint
Situated on the ground floor in the Cortile della Dogana, inside the ticket office.
Information and reservations for guided tours and educational activities.
Multi-media guides for hire in Italian, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Situated on the ground floor in the Cortile della Dogana, next to the ticket office.
The bookshop stocks art books, catalogues, guides to the city and its museums in various languages, children's books and games and a vast range of items and gadgets relating to Palazzo Vecchio and to Florentine works of art.

Situated on the ground floor in the Cortile della Dogana, next to the ticket office.

DEPOSITO Cloakroom
Situated on the ground floor in the Cortile della Dogana, in the SERVIZI area.
Visitors must leave all umbrellas, backpacks and large bags in the cloakroom, free of charge.
Students must leave their backpacks in the cloakroom.
Wheelchairs and strollers may be borrowed free of charge.

The lift, which is situated on the ground floor in the Cortile della Dogana, in the SERVIZI area, is for the use of visitors with reduced mobility only.

Situated on the second floor of the museum, by the exit from the Hall of Lilies (Sala dei Gigli).

Opening hours, contacts and address

Piazza della Signoria
Tel. Ticket Office + 39 055 2768325


The archaeological site is not open to children under the age of 8, for safety reasons.

From October to March
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 9 a.m - 7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

From April to September
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 9 a.m - 11 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Every day except for Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursdays and week-day public holidays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


No Access for children under 6 years of age for safety reasons.
Access to the Tower is suspended in the event of rain, when the tour ends at the Battlements

From October to March
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (no admission after 4.30 p.m.)
Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (no admission after 1.30 p.m.)

From April to September
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 9 a. m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Last entry: one hour before closing time.


Exhibitions and Events

Chimera Relocated. Vincere il mostro

from march 28th to 27th april 2017
Palazzo Vecchio - Room of Leo X

In conjunction with the Culture G7, the Chimera of Arezzo will be exceptionally exhibited in the Room of Leo X in Palazzo Vecchio, in the very same spot where Cosimo I de’ Medici decided to locate it after its finding, around the middle of the 15th century. Together with this bronze sculpture dating back to the 4-5th century b.C. and usually housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, the Room will also host a letter sent by Baccio Bandinelli in the middle of the 16th century and kept in the National Central Library of Florence. The letter contains an ink-sketch of the Chimera’s silhouette; the sculpture is pictured tailless, as it was at the moment of discovery. The third item on display is a bronze bust of Cosimo I, sculpted by Bandinelli and lent by the Uffizi Gallery.

The Chimera perfectly represents the strong interest in the Etruscan culture encouraged by Cosimo I de’ Medici, through archaeological digs and campaigns, as well as studies and literature. Even Giorgio Vasari drew from Tuscan history, outlining the supremacy of the Etruscan art over classical arts, namely thanks to the Chimera, discovered in Arezzo on November, 15th 1553 “ten arms down the ground” during the construction works of a bastion near San Lorentino’s Gate. The discovery was absolutely unexpected and surprising, and strongly helped rediscover ancient Tuscan greatness, depicting Cosimo as the new Etruscan prince. Benvenuto Cellini notes: “A few days ago, in the county of Arezzo, some antiques were found, including the Chimera, the bronze lion depicted in the room next to the great room of the Palace. Together with the Chimera, a number of little bronze statues were found as well; they were covered in soil and rust, and each of them was missing either the head, hands or feet. The Duke liked to restore them himself with a small goldwork chisel.”

Brought in Florence together with the other findings, the striking Etruscan sculpture was located – approx. in 1558 – in the beautiful setting of Room of Leo X, to represent the negative forces defeated by Cosimo in order to create a new, perfect Etruscan Reign. As Vasari stressed: “Fate wanted the sculpture to be found over the reign of Duke Cosimo, who is today a tamer of all Chimeras”.

According to the sources, Benvenuto Cellini was in charge of restoring the statue, recreating the missing tail. However, this addition was only completed in 1784 by the sculptor Francesco Carradori under the guidance of Luigi Lanzi, when the Chimera had already been relocated in the Uffizi since 1718, after amazing visitors and guests from across the world in the Palazzo di Piazza for almost two centuries. Since the 19th century, the bronze sculpture is housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Florence.

This monstrous beast was first mentioned in the Iliad, where Homer describes it as an hybrid of three different creatures: a lion, a goat and a snake. The beast’s head was fire-breathing; the Chimera was killed by the noble Bellerophon, son of Glaucus, as the Gods predicted. The Chimera is also mentioned in Hesiod’s Theogony and in Virgil’s Aeneid. Servius Honoratus refers that the creature was originally from Lycia, where there was a namesake volcano with lions on top, pastures for goats at mid height, and snakes slithering at the bottom. This is where the myth is said to be born. Plutarch suggested instead that Chimera was the name of a pirate who adorned the sails of his ship with the images of a lion, a goat and a Montpellier snake.

However, it is certain that this creature, a fantastic fusion of real-life animals, has become the symbol of something impossible and unreal, representing a fake idea or vane imagination, as Borges explains in the Book of Imaginary Beings.

The Chimera also represents a charm – or a warning – full of meaning, even today.

For the entire duration of the exhibition, National Archaeological Museum of Florence ticket holders will receive a special discount (from 10 to 8 euros) on the entrance for Palazzo Vecchio Museum.

Ytalia. Energy, Thought, Beauty

June 2nd – October 1st 2017

“Ytalia. Energy, Thought, Beauty” is the new major exhibition of contemporary art promoted by Comune di Firenze and organized by MUS.E. The exhibition will be held in Forte Belvedere and will involve Florence major museums, including the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Santa Croce Church, Museo Novecento and Museo Marino Marini.
Ytalia will feature works of art by: Giovanni Anselmo, Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi, Alighiero Boetti, Gino De Dominicis, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Nunzio, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini e Remo Salvadori.
“Ytalia” is an ambitious project with the aim to start a dialogue between Florence’s incredible historical and artistical heritage and the art of the Twentieth Century: daily and metaphysical reality, natural elements and new mythologies are the recurring themes of the selected works of art.
An “invasion” in the heart of Renaissance that aims to bring the attention of the international public on the Italian contemporary art.
The exhibition is directed by Sergio Risaliti and curated by Sergio Risaliti and Marco Bazzini.

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