Florence: Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio (“old palace”) is the heart of Renaissance Florentine politics. Actually, it still functions as the heart of politics in Florence as the town hall.

Located on Piazza della Signoria, the famous statue of Michelangelo’s David greets you at the entrance. However, don’t be fooled! It’s a replica. The original stands in the Accademia.

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Palazzo Vecchio

Inside Palazzo Vecchio, it’s part art gallery, part history lesson, and part political intrigue as the seat of the Medici family. My favorite room is the Salone dei Cinquecento – a large chamber where Grand Duke Cosimo would hold court.

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Palazzo Vecchio

If you’re interested in Renaissance Florence, I recommend setting aside a few hours for a a guided tour to get the full experience. Check out the Mus.e site for ideas.

For more Florence and Italy pics, check out my Flickr album.

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