"Watching Over Piazza della Signoria" Palazzo Vecchio Tip by mikey_e
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence: 77 reviews and 162 photos
The Palazzo Vecchio was constructed between 1298 and 1314 by Arnolfo di Cambio, one of Florence's more famous architects (he started the Duomo and worked on Basilica di Santa Croce). The Palazzo Vecchio was the traditional seat of governance for the priori of Florence and its Torre d'Arnolfo, at 94 metres tall, is another of Florence's eternal symbols. Cosimo I de' Medici had bought the palace and renovated the interior in the early 16th century, but his wife greatly objected and the Medicis did not move in until 1549, after the death of Eleonora de Toledo, Cosimo I's wife. Visitors can enter and tour the grounds of the house, including the various rooms that belonged to Eleonora, Leo X (the Medici Pope) and Cosimo I. There is a bit of an extra treat as well for those who are willing to pay for a guided tour. These tours will take you through the percorsi segreti, or the secret passageways of the Palazzo Vecchio. The Palazzo Vecchio also has a Children's Museum for those families visiting the monument.
Address: Piazza della Signoria
Directions: Central Florence
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