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Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
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  • Palazzo VecchioPro 2014
    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Apr 11, 2014

    The Palazzo Vecchio(Old Palace) has been the town hall and thus, the seat of Florentine government since it's construction in the late thirteenth century.

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    Trina D.
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    5 Jan 17, 2014

    Palazzo Vecchio used to be the home of the Medici family (1540) who spawned a generation of popes, leaders, and even a few queens. Construction began in 1299 with architect Arnolfo di Cambio. The 'old palace' was once the city hall of Florence. It's massive and contains countless works of art. Outside are statues by various Florentine artists. One of which is Michelangelo's David which originally stood outside until it was moved to the Accedemia Gallery or Academy of Fine Arts in 1873. The replica was erected in 1910, where the original once was. The statue is next to the statue of Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli. Inside, there are expansive frescoes that depict Florence's military victories over Pisa and Siena.

    The palace can be found in the Piazza della Signoria which is the main square in Florence. Florence does have many squares but this is the main one which used to be the political meeting place for all Florentines. The palace has been the home to the office of the mayor of Florence since 1872 and is also the seat of the City Council.

    It's a must visit if you're ever in Florence! Just along the palace, you'll walk into the Uffizi courtyard and on to Ponte Vecchio.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    Iconic town hall. The Palazzo Vecchio is built in the Romanesque style, and was finished in the 1300s. Check out the replica of Michelangelo's David out front.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Jun 17, 2014

    Nice museum set inside Florence's townhall. Be sure to visit the tower for stunning views of the city and Duomo.

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    Rachel Greene
    3 Oct 20, 2013

    Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) is the Florentine Town Hall and is located in the Piazza della Signoria, adjacent to the Loggia dei Lanza.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Aug 02, 2013

    Florence is teeming with amazing art and you can't see all of it, but the townhall of Florence is worth it for the frescoes and statuary.

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    Travel Cocktail
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    5 Jul 03, 2013

    Heart of Florence as a city and as a culture. Many sights are near by and a great place to start exploring Florence.

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    Susan Lee
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    4 Jun 28, 2013

    Right next door to the Uffizi Gallery, you could easily mistaken the Palazzo to be part of the Uffizi. There's a replica of Michaelangelo's "David" right outside the Palazzo where the sculpture was originally intended to sit. Inside the courtyard is some more beautiful artwork. If you have the Florence Card, use it for free admission to the apartments upstairs that were designated for some of the royalties back in the day. Each apartment has its own theme.

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    Lauren Baker
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    5 Jun 20, 2013

    It's hard to miss this imposing town hall. The architecture here is astounding, and the replica of David is a nice touch.

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    Luca G
    5 Apr 26, 2013

    Palazzo Vecchio located in Piazza della Signoria, with its magnificent Salone del 500 decorated by Vasari.

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    Maureen Haley
    5 Dec 10, 2012

    The "Secret Passageways" tour was awesome. About an hour long and an extra few euro and you have a guided tour of places that are generally closed to the public including inside the ceiling to see how all that artwork is supported.

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    Manuela Nadin
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    3 Nov 27, 2012

    The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Romanesque, fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi, it is one of the most significant public places in Italy.

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    Koji Kawano
    3 Oct 11, 2012

    I wish I went into the museum but I ran out of time. The tower was also closed because of rain. But it makes a big impact as you enter Piazza della Signoria, because a copy of David and Baccio Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus are displayed at the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio. Fantastic!

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    A replica of David erected in 1910 now stands above the front entrance door of the Palazzo Vecchio. The Michelangelo's David stood at the entrance from 1504-1873, then it was moved to the Accademia Gallery till now.

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    Claudio M
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    5 May 17, 2014

    The Ancient Grand Duke palace. The center of the power.

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    5 May 16, 2013
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    5 May 08, 2013
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    5 Apr 26, 2013
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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Mar 31, 2013

    There's a copy of the David statue in this palazzo, which serves as the town hall for Florence.

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    5 Mar 09, 2013

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4.5 out of 5
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    Apr-Sept 9a-12a daily, Thurs 9a-2p. Oct-Mar 9a-7p daily, Thurs 9a-2p
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Description

Imposing and Romanesque, the Palazzo Vecchio is Florence, Italy's palatial museum and town hall commanding a view of the Piazza della Signoria, famous for its exterior display of an ersatz Michelangelo's David. As one of Italy's most intriguing museums, the Palazzo Vecchio is a must-see for any visitor desiring to experience the historical beauty and opulent elegance of old Italy. Tourists walking ... read more
the grounds of the Palazzo Vecchio will be able to view three courtyards built over 500 years ago containing exquisite fountains, frescoes and noble statues depicting Samson and Philistine by Pierino da Vinci and Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli.

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