The Torre di Arnolfo was opened to the public in 2012 and few days after I wrote this post. Here some pictures and updated information about one of the best views of Florence!
The Arnolfo Tower: the must-view of Florence
Palazzo Vecchio is one of the oldest buildings in Florence, and this is why is called “vecchio”, i.e. old in Italian. Its construction started in 1299 by the famous architect Arnolfo di Cambio, who worked also to the Duomo and Santa Croce Church, definitively changing the aspect of the medieval Florence. During the works of Palazzo Vecchio, he decided to incorporate the ancient tower of the Foraboschi family, known as “La Vacca”; this is why the tower of Palazzo Vecchio is not centered on the building.
The tower of Palazzo Vecchio is named after its builder Arnolfo di Cambio, it’s 95 meters tall, and there are 233 steps to go on top of the world! The panorama is breathtaking and you have the best view of the Duomo, together with Santa Croce Church and the Oltrarno area where you easily spot the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.
The Arnolfo Tower is part of the civic museum of Palazzo Vecchio; it’s open every day and the ticket costs 10€ per person – combo ticket with Palazzo Vecchio is just 14€; children under 6 years are not admitted. During Spring and Summer (April 1st – September 30th) it is opened from 9am to 9 pm, except on Thursday when it closes at 2 pm; during Autumn and Winter, it is opened from 10am to 5pm, except on Thursday when it closes at 2 pm.
In case of rain and bad weather the tower remains closed to the public; for more information visit the official site.