Guided tour

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour

4.5 / 5

40 reviews

Activity provider: CAF Tour & Travel

Florence: Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour

Activity provider: CAF Tour & Travel
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From US$ 35.68 per person

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Discover the hidden paths of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Explore areas of the building that are not accessible to the general public before enjoying a gelato tasting or a typical Tuscan Lunch (depending on the selected option).

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore the hidden places and paths of Palazzo Vecchio
  • Discover the narrow passages of the Duke Gualtieri
  • Admire the imposing coffered ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento
  • Opt to add on a Florentine lunch in a characteristic and historic restaurant
  • Select the option to taste gelato in one of Florence's best-known ice cream shops
Full description

Explore the secret passages of the Palazzo Vecchio. Experience the exciting discovery of the places and paths of Palazzo Vecchio that are not accessible to the general public and that have only recently been made available for very small groups of people. You will ascend the narrow passages of the Duke Gualtieri and you will discover an unexpected path beyond a door hidden by a painting. You will also admire the imposing coffered ceiling of the Salone del Cinquecento. Complete your tour of the Palazzo Vecchio with a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant or a gelato tasting in one of the most famous ice cream shops of Florence.

  • Museum guide
  • Entrance to the museum
  • Gelato (if option selected)
  • 2-course lunch with mineral water (if option selected)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
    • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in Piazza della Signoria, at the Palazzo Vecchio entrance on the left side at the ticket office (Via dei Gondi) Lunch takes place at 12:30 PM at Via della Condotta, 7.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • If you have selected the lunch option, lunch takes place at 12:30 PM and is not included for children aged 0-5
    • If you have selected the gelato option, you can go to the ice cream shop after the guided tour
    • The entrance time of this tour can be subject to changes depending on the museum opening hours. The activity provider will inform you about the exact starting time the day before
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 40 reviews

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    A really special experience allowing visitors to peek into hidden aspects of the Medici family history. There are absolutely brilliant paintings in hidden rooms and secret passages that I’d never seen before. The tour guide was a true expert and an entertaining storyteller. This tour was a real highlight of our trip.

    July 11, 2022

    The tour was very interesting and the guide with the large bunch of keys really allowed you to visit places in the palace that you wouldn't otherwise see, for example you were allowed to go to the roof truss of the great hall (known from the films). The organization of the tour was a bit chaotic, somehow the agency didn't let anyone know. So lunch was initially associated with a bit of discussion. But it was very tasty and substantial. The very tasty ice cream was easier to get with a shrug of the shoulders (there are some again). Still a very nice morning.

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    April 8, 2022

    I recommend this service, despite the total lack of organization

    Everything went very well in the end (non-guided visit of the palace then guided visit of the secret passages, perfectly adequate meal) but it was not without great uncertainty concerning the organization of the meal: no information or the site, nor on site with the guide. Nobody knew anything. Finally, after various phone calls, we were able to go to a restaurant where the meal served was excellent. Oh thank you.

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    June 14, 2016

    Product ID: 28650