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Palazzo Vecchio: one of the symbols of Florence

One of the symbols of Florence, Palazzo Vecchio o Palazzo della Signoria was projected by Arnolfo di Cambio around 1299 as residence of the Priori delle Arti, the palace was completed in 1314. The tower of Palazzo Vecchio, 94 metres high, and called Tower of Arnolfo, was built in 1310, along with the Palazzo itself. It is probably supported by ...

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The Importuno by Michelangelo, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Behind the marble group of Hercules and Caco by Baccio Bandinelli, to the right of the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio, near the corner of the palace, can be seen – carved on a stone near the base of Palazzo Vecchio -, a profile of the head of man: the so-called “Importuno” (Nuisance). The legend of “Importuno” tells that Michelangelo Buonarroti, ...

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Quarters of Pope Leo X in Palazzo Vecchio: the Hall of Leo X and the Hall of Clement VII

The Quarters of Pope Leo X are on the first floor of the Palazzo Vecchio, these rooms were modernized by Giorgio Vasari in 1555-62. The decorations of the same Vasari and Gino Lorenzi, are dedicated to the most illustrious personages of the Medici family and their businesses. These rooms were used as in past years as boardrooms by the Mayor of Florence, today ...

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Hall of Geographical Maps in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

At the end of the Palazzo Vecchio museum tour is the Hall of Geographical Maps (Sala delle Carte Geografiche) or Stanza del Guardaroba where it was the Medicean Guardaroba (cloakroom) of the Granduca Cosimo I, that was the center of the institution that conserved, inventoried and enlivened all the assets of the State and the Monarch. The room has a ...

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Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: a masterpiece of Tuscan Romanesque in Florence

The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte rises on a hill to south-east of the historical center of Florence, near Piazzale Michelangelo, and is considered one of the finest examples of Florentine Romanesque style. Built between the eleventh and the thirteenth century, contains works of great value as the chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal, and in the sacristy the ...

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Grotta del Buontalenti: an artificial grotto in the Boboli Gardens in Florence

The Cave of Buontalenti, was built, designed and created between 1583 and 1593 by Bernardo Buontalenti (Florence 1536-1608), this cave is one of the most important places in the Boboli Gardens, is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is one of the finest examples of mannerist architecture of ...

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Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The Salone dei Cinquecento was built in 1495, during the period of restauration of the Florentine Repubblic (after the expulsion of Piero de’ Medici in 1494), by Simone del Pollaiuolo called “il Cronaca” (1457-1508) he was assisted by Francesco di Domenico and by Antonio da Sangallo. The enormous Hall was built for wanting of the friar Girolamo Savonarola, to its ...

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Uffizi Gallery: the most important museum of Florence, and one of the most famous museums in the world

The Uffizi Gallery is the most important museum of Florence and one of the most famous museums in the world. The building houses a superb collection of works of art, divided into several rooms arranged for schools and styles in chronological order. This is an immense artistic heritage, which includes thousands of pictures ranging from the medieval to modern, a ...

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Piazzale Michelangelo: the most famous viewpoint of Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo, along with the Forte Belvedere, the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and the hill of Fiesole, is a privileged vantage point in Florence. The Piazzale designed in 1860 by architect Giuseppe Poggi, is located on a hill south of the Arno and the historic center of Florence. The square was built in 1865, at a time when Florence ...

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Ponte Vecchio: the most famous bridge in Florence

Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence, its origin dates back to Roman times but it was repeatedly damaged by flooding of the Arno river, and was rebuilt several times, the bridge crosses the river at the point of least width and is today one symbol of the city of Florence. In medieval times, the bridge was made of ...

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Florence climate: when to go to Florence

The city of Florence has a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cold, damp winters. The city’s climate is influenced by its location in a valley at the foot of the Apennines to the north and surrounded by the hills of Chianti to the south. The summers are very hot with average maximum temperatures of over 30 ° C ...

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