Secret Pathways of the Old Palace returns after a year and a half

Restarting August 1, after a year and a half, the Secret Paths of the Old Palace: exclusive rooms accessible again.

The Secret Paths of the Palazzo Vecchio, which have been inaccessible to the public for a year and a half, return from August 1. The narrow stone staircase commissioned by Gualtieri di Brienne and carved into the thickness of the medieval wall; the Studiolo of Francesco I, a treasure chest of the Medici prince’s refined collections; the Scrittoio of his father Cosimo I, accessible only thanks to passages concealed behind paintings; and the vast space above the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento, where an imposing system of trusses stands out, supporting both the painted “stage” and the roof covering.

Suspended for about a year and a half, the Secret Paths are reopening, with updated anti-counterfeiting protocols, making it possible to visit exclusive rooms again: visitors to the Palazzo Vecchio will in fact be able to participate in small groups in this special itinerary.

In addition to the Secret Itineraries, which are available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish (with compulsory reservation 055-2768224, all adult tours and family activities in the city’s various museums, scheduled daily and several times a day, remain active: for example, at Palazzo Vecchio the usual Visits to the palace and the children’s activities Fable of the Tortoise with a Sail, To make a city you need a flower, Life at Court; at the Bardini Museum the Visits to the museum and the activity A World All Blue; at the Museo Novecento the Visits to the museum and the numerous temporary exhibitions (including the small monographic exhibition on Arturo Martini) and the Draw to See workshops on the exhibition dedicated to Henry Moore; at Santa Maria Novella the Visits to the complex and the family itineraries Discovering Santa Maria Novella; at Santa Maria del Carmine the Visits to the Brancacci Chapel and to the Romano Foundation the activity for little ones Animali di pietra, in addition to the Visits to the Foundation and to the Santo Spirito complex; at Forte Belvedere the Visits to the current exhibitions and the photography workshops for children L’arte del vedere, organized with Fondazione CR Firenze.

All the proposals can be visited by reservation with a supplement of 2.50 euros (residents Metropolitan City of Florence) or 5 euros (non-residents Metropolitan City of Florence) over the entrance fee; they are free for holders of the Card del Fiorentino (within the limit of three during the year of validity of the Card), for the disabled and their companions, for tour guides and interpreters, for journalists, and for ICOM, ICOMOS and ICCROM members. Two-for-one reduction for Unicoop Firenze members.

The Secret Routes, which are part of MUS.E activities, are suitable for everyone, ages 10 and up, and are accessible daily at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. The visit lasts about one hour and 15 minutes. Reservations are required.

For information and reservations: 055-2768224

Pictured is the Studiolo of Francis I

Secret Pathways of the Old Palace returns after a year and a half
Secret Pathways of the Old Palace returns after a year and a half