The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio and the crenellated walkway of Ronda, built to defend the palace from any external attack: we can imagine the guards spotting any arrivals in the distance, monitored day and night, the grounds of the building: through the murdered holes the defenders could fire, throw or pour harmful substances or objects, such as rocks, arrows, scalding water, hot sand, or boiling oil, down on attackers. Boiling oil was rarely used because of its cost.
With its 95 meters high the tower is one of the unmistakable symbols. Inside the tower a stone staircase of 223 steps leads to the top floor, offering a spectacular view of the city. Along the way there is a small cell, called Alberghetto , in which Cosimo il Vecchio in 1433 (before exile) and Girolamo Savonarola in 1498 (before his execution as heretic in Piazza della Signoria) .
April 1 – Sept. 30:
Every day 9am-9pm (no admission after 8:30pm). On Thursdays, 9-2pm (no admission after 1:30pm)
Oct. 1 – March 31:
Every day 10am-5pm (no admission after 4:30pm). On Thursdays, 10-2pm (no admission after 1:30pm)
Access to the Tower is suspended in the event of rain. No access for children under 6 years of age. Visitors with a disability, heart condition or asthma, or who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia, are strongly advised against attempting the climb. All visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.