Tales for the Little Ones

A magical hour of storytelling!
Tales for the Little Ones
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The stories of the Palazzo come to life!

Technical organization MUS.E Musei / Eventi Firenze
Provided by MUS.E Musei / Eventi Firenze


Discover the stories and legends of Palazzo Vecchio with the Children's Museum! Here, the children are welcomed into Bia and Garcia's Storytelling Room, where they will hear and see stories told by actors in period clothing. Through the stories, the little ones will discover the architecture and art of the palace in an imaginative, interactive, and lively way.


Suitable for children from 4 to 7 years of age.

Maximum number of participants: 20

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Language: Italian and English


November to June 11:

  • Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 3pm

June 12 to October:

  • Everyday except Thursdays: 10am, 3pm and 4:30pm
  • Thursdays at 10am


The children's activities offered by the museum change on a weekly basis to offer visitors a chance to experience a wide variety of offerings, all of them equally interesting and fun for the little ones. Choose the date of your visit, and we will inform you about which tale will be told on that date when we confirm your visit.


The different tales are:

  • The Robbery in Duke Francesco's Study
  • The Story of the Turtle and the Sail
  • The First Journey around the World
  • The Perfumed Tale of Painted Nature
  • Little Animal Stories


Tablet Video Guide for the Palazzo Vecchio

Add the reservation of a Video Guide for the Palazzo Vecchio to the service! The Video Guide is a modern tablet, 7 inches long with headset, which can be picked up at the Info Point of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.

Tablet Video Guide Characteristics:

  • Interactive Map of the Palace
  • 60 minutes of video contents available in 5 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, and German).
  • 3D reconstructions – including the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred), the Green Room and The Room of Maps
  • Photo Gallery: 60 zoomable pictures in high resolution


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Discover the stories and legends of Palazzo Vecchio with the Children's Museum! Here, the children are welcomed into Bia and Garcia's Storytelling Room, where they will hear and see stories told by actors in period clothing. Through the stories, the little ones will discover the architecture and art of the palace in an imaginative, interactive, and lively way.


Our Tales:


The Robbery in Duke Francesco's Study

Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici, son of Cosimo, studied the mysteries of Nature keenly, carrying out experiments in his laboratories and collecting art objects and rarities. These were true marvels – the result of the marriage of Nature and Art – and he kept them in his “Studiolo”, a small, cozy, yet elegant studio entirely decorated with frescoes, paintings, and sculptures.

The story of the robbery in Duke Francesco’s Studiolo is inspired by a real event and is told to the young children in two parts: the first consists of two small mice telling the story in a shadow puppet show, during the second part the children visit the study itself. 


The Story of the Turtle and the Sail

The Tale of the Turtle and the Sail is suitable for very young children, from 3 to 7 years old. It is divided into two parts: the first part takes place in the puppet theatre in Bia and Garcia’s Storytelling Room. Here, a performer introduces a video cartoon telling the story of the encounter between an old turtle and Cosimo I de' Medici as a child. The story begins in the Mugello district of Tuscany, against the backdrop of the Medici villas at Trebbio and Cafaggiolo, when a small turtle is saved from certain death on the road by a boy named Cosimo…

Cosimo later chose the turtle as his symbol (the so-called impresa, his personal emblem). In fact many of the various coats of arms inside the Palazzo Vecchio show a turtle with a sail swelled by the wind on its shell, accompanied by the Latin motto festina lente, which means “make haste slowly.”

During the second part of the activity, the children are taken to various rooms in the Palazzo Vecchio on a “turtle with a sail-hunt”. Given that it was the symbol of Cosimo I, the image appears all over the floors, walls, and ceilings of his Palace. 


The First Journey around the World

This activity was created for children aged 4 to 8 years to introduce them to the Hall of Maps of Cosimo I de' Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio.

During the first part of this activity the children attend a shadow puppet show and meet the two mice who live in the Palazzo Vecchio:

Grandfather Godfrey mouse (with long whiskers) tells his nephew the story of the voyage of Magellan, who was the first to journey around the world. And suddenly, everything comes to life in rough seas with strange sea monsters... Thanks to the magic of the Shadow Theater and a trunk full of exotic objects and smells of unknown lands, the story unfolds in the dialogue between the flagship of the fleet, the Trinidad, and the small canoe of natives from the Pacific Islands. At the end of the story, in the Hall of Maps, the children will find the natural passage between the two seas: the Strait of Magellan.


The Perfumed Tale of Painted Nature

Inside the Palazzo Vecchio nature is strongly present with colorful painted images, collected by Cosimo I de' Medici and his wife Eleonora of Toledo. The couple had such a love for the land, hunting, fishing, horses, and gardens, that they created roof gardens and little vegetable gardens inside the ducal Palace, asking the court artists to include many natural elements in their lavish decorations.
 Even though the roof gardens and orchards of the Palazzo Vecchio no longer exist, you'll find a large population of animals and plants on walls and ceilings of the palace...

In The Perfumed Tale of Painted Nature, the children get a chance to explore this world, told by a sort of elf and a colorful parrot, native of the New World.

Through words, through their eyes, and, more importantly, through the magic of perfumes, the children will give life to the creations on the walls of the Palazzo. They’ll imagine the Duchess Eleonora, immersed in the scent of roses and citrus in one of her hanging gardens created on the terraces of the Palazzo Vecchio, or discover the smells of the ancient fruits paintings, such as the pomegranate...


Little Animal Stories

Everyone knows that animals are part of life on Earth everywhere, many are aware of endangered species, some are fighting to safeguard their dignity and many of us have pets at home. There are also flourishing markets for toys, books, films, video games, television programs, and comics with animals as their main protagonists.

But how many of us know that, just like people, animals have many stories to tell – inextricably linked to those of humans, and often determined by these?

Since January 2011, the animals depicted in the decorations of the Palazzo Vecchio have begun to tell these stories! Two short stories are new each year, one for the new year, the other at Easter. But we can't tell which animals will be starring, because the younger visitors will need to find out through various sensory cues – hearing the surprise story, then listening, looking, touching, and even smelling (a little) to find the clue!


Full Price Ticket

Reduced Price Ticket: Persons between 18 and 25 years.

Free ticket: Children under 18 years of age and Firenze card holders

The cultural activity fee and service cost are due for all the ticket categories.



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