This imposing building has served as Florence’s town hall since Medici times. Until the 15th century, it was the tallest edifice in the city with a 95-meter-high tower (Brunelleschi’s dome on the cathedral surpassed it). It is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, while the interior is largely the work of Giorgio Vasari. The first floor includes the magnificent Salone del Cinquecento, while upstairs are the sumptuous Royal Apartments with Eleonora di Toledo’s elaborate chapel and the Sala dei Gigli with frescoes by Ghirlandaio.
By Nicky Swallow, AFAR Local Expert
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Not any ordinary room
This massive fortress-palace is the town hall of Florence. The picture shows one of the many many gorgeously decorated rooms in this massive building. A guided tour is highly recommended so that you can soak in all the details and embellishment of the artworks, sculptures and object 'd art that went into the making of this building.
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It is said that architecture is inhabited sculpture. Interior detail at Palazzo Vecchio
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