1 Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
Palazzo Vecchio Florence Reviews
Great town hall Oct 11, 2010
The Palazzo Vecchio was built as the town hall for Florence in the medieval period when Florence was growing in affluence and had greater need for better security and control. Today, the site is a museum.
The building itself is very impressive. The tall clock tower dominates the exterior. Outside the entrance, Michelangelo’s David was originally on show here. When it was moved, a replica was put in its place. As you go in, the fountain in the courtyard is very impressive, as are the frescoes.
Inside the art is naturally wonderful. I particularly liked the Salone dei Cinquecento, which was the place for the grand council of 500 member to assemble and discuss matters. While I was there, it was the setting for a university conference. The hall is very impressive and absolutely covered with ornate artwork.
The sheer beauty of its contents makes the Palazzo Vecchio a very rewarding visit if you are in Florence. I just wish my local town hall would look even a fraction as good as this!
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Beautiful Palazzo Vecchio Jun 22, 2006
This Palazzo is the seat of the municipal government, therefore is just partially open to the public. Formally known as Palazzo Pubblico, Palazzo della Signoria, etc, the Palazzo Vecchio is a landmark in the Piazza della Signora with its high tower of 94 m.
It hides many treasures. Must see the patio, small fountain at the center, Chamber of Quinientos. However the courtyard and the interior are both absolutely beautiful, there's not everything you'd like here. Inside you find an art collection with work from several European artists.
Take your time to walk through the majestic rooms filled with beauty and art. You'll also get lovely views from the Duomo and rest of Florence from some of the rooms. Don't forget to look up, the ceilings are incredible.
It is connected with the Palazzo Pitti through the Vasari corridor which runs through the Uffizi and over Ponte Vecchio to the other side of the river Arno.
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