The Palazzo Vecchio is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio who began it in 1299, incorporating the ancient towr of the Poraboschi into its construction.
I didn't have time to enter this incredible aspect of architecture, but next time I'll do it for sure. That's why my comments about this palazzo is a bit imited... But it deserves to be seen!!
PALAZZO VECCHIO: Palace-fortress for the residence of the Priors. Built in 1294. Under the arches of the gallery you can see the frescoes with 9 coats of arms of the city communes. The clock mechanism dates back to 1667.
For tourists that are interested in the Florentine history this is a must see museum... There are several things you can do. You can do the secret gangway the signoria used to get to the Palazzo Pitti which is on the other side of the Arno . This gangway was build because they couldn´t stand the stinking fish stands that were on the bridge during these times......... Must be a very interesting tour, but it costs 26,50 €uros
You won't be able to miss this building in Florence. It is the next most imposing structure after the Duomo. Also dating back to the middle ages, it was a ducal palace and the seat of the Florintine government. Outside are some copies of famous statues, including David.
One of the symbols for the Fiorentine power of historical days. These days the townhall sits in these walls...The 'Signoria', the domination used to live here in the middle age. They weren´t allowed to leave the building on their own, because the people feared corruption. Every two month new members were elected. It also was a bloody place, as some members of the Pazzi conspiracy were hanged down from the windows in the 15h century.....
These days it´s just a wonderful building.......luckily!!!
Visit the Palazzo Vecchio - originally the town hall, begun in 1299, Cosimo Medici took over residence in 1540. He moved out to a better place (the Palazzo Pitti) just 9 years later, but had already renovated & expanded the place enormously. Much of this furnishings & art stayed in place.
This site is featured (not just background) in the movie 'Hannibal' (sequel to 'Silence of the Lambs') - in the film, when we first are re-introduced to Dr. Lecter, he's involved in a seminar taking place inside the Palazzo - in the main hall.
He later drops a letter to Agent Starling in a postbox at the foot of the Via dei Leoni, and later, he drops one of the good guys out the main hall window, in front of a bunch of Japanese tourists with video cameras rolling.
The location, if not the REAL Palazzo, was a very good simulation. I would be interested in finding out whether it was location- or set-filmed, if any movie fans can tell me.
Built in 1299 this was the seat of Florentine republic and still serves as town hall. The clock tower is visible throughout town and provides and excellent means of orientation.
IF YOU ARE A FLIM BUFF THE PALAZZO VECCHIO IS WERE HANNIBAL HUNG THE ITALIAN DETECTIVE OUT OF THE WINDOW WITH HIS ENTRAILS DANGLING
Dating from 1495, this vast chamber contains a statue of Victory by Michelangelo and frescoes by Vascari describing Florentine triumphs over Pisa and Siena.
I took this picture not only because it is an ornate room but it has an even more impressive view of the Duomo from out the window.
Is knows also like Palazzo della Signoria, was for many century the heart of the life of Florence's people..
In the pics there is also the beautiful Fontana di Nettuno .