The Vecchio Palace was known as the Signoria Palace. It is located in the historic center, in the Signoria Square, and is the headquarters of Florence City Hall and symbol of civil power since its construction at the end of the 13th century.
Its exterior appearance is of a fortress, typical of Italian Gothic palaces. We can highlight the presence of a frieze with the heraldic shields along the facade and the profusion of sculptures that are exposed to the palace doors. From its tower of 95 meters, the highest in the city, the population was warned, through bells, fires, floods or attacks.
In the 16th century Vasari carried out a major interior remodeling that modified it significantly. Among the highlights of our walk, we must mention the Cortile, an inner courtyard with a porphyry fountain topped by the copy of a Verrocchio sweetie. The original is exposed in another dependency of the palace.
The Cinquecento Hall, carried out by order of Savonarola in 1495, for the meetings of the Council of the Republic. Its decoration was made by Vasari with frescoes of the city’s history. The Room of the Maps It shows us the cartography of the world known in the sixteenth century chaired by a huge globe.
Another of the jewels is the Studiolo of Francisco I, Granduque’s cabinet that Vasari decorated with allegories of man’s dominance over the elements of nature. You should not miss the Eleonora de Toledo apartments, with the Green Room and the Chapel. The frescoes of Ghirlandaio del Hall of Lilies.
The schedule It is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry general it’s € 6, reduced € 2 for children under 4 to 12 years and € 4.50 for young people aged 18 to 25 and over 65. The family ticket € 14 for 2 adults and 2 children or € 16 with 3 children.