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Statue of Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini: one of the most famous statues of Piazza della Signoria in Florence

Among the statues present today in the Loggia della Signoria or dei Lanzi, the bronze statue of Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini is probably the most important statue and an extraordinary work from the artistic and technical point of view, considered a masterpiece of the Italian manieristic sculpture and one of the statues more famous of Piazza della Signoria in Florence. ...

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Loggia della Signoria (Loggia dei Lanzi): an open-air museum unique in the world

Loggia della Signoria, also called Loggia dei Lanzi due to guard German mercenaries (in Italian: “Lanzichenecchi”, corrupted to Lanzi) who was stationed here in the sixteenth century, was built in the fourteenth century through the work of Simone di Francesco Talenti, Lorenzo di Filippo and Benci di Cione. The Loggia in origin served to house the assemblies of the people and ...

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Piazza della Signoria: the center of political power in the city of Florence

Piazza della Signoria is an open-air museum that, at every step, gives glimpses and views of particular beauty, evidence of a thriving past and architectural treasures of enormous value. What, then, we found on the whole Florence, famous worldwide since ancient times, and probably the most important cultural center of Italy, the cradle of art and Italian language, chest of ...

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Hall of the Lilies in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The Hall of the Lilies (Sala dei Gigli) takes its name from the floreal decorations on its ceiling and walls, it’s the only one Hall of Palazzo Vecchio that still today conserve the 15th century aspect. The Hall was obtained in 1472 from the division in two rooms of the Sala Grande carried out from Benedetto and Giuliano da Maiano, ...

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Chapel of the Priors in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The Cappella dei Priori (Chapel of the Priors) also called Cappella della Signoria was built between 1511 and 1514 by Baccio d’Agnolo and its decoration was entrusted to Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio (Ridolfo Bigordi said il Ghirlandaio), son of the famous Domenico Ghirlandaio. The chapel is dedicated to St. Bernard and consists of two rooms with vaulted ceilings: the altar area and ...

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Apartments of Eleonora in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

After the visit of the Apartment of the Elements cross the gallery from which it dominates the Salone dei Cinquecento and enter the Apartments of Eleanora. The Apartments of Eleonora is so named because when Cosimo I established his residence in Palazzo Vecchio this wing of the building was reserved to the rooms of his wife Eleonora of Toledo, daughter of the ...

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Apartments of the Elements in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The visit of the second floor of the Palazzo Vecchio begins with the so-called Apartment of the Elements. These rooms were the private rooms of Cosimo I. In this section of the building are: the Hall of the Elements, the Hall of Opi, the Hall of Ceres with the Scrittoio di Calliope, the Hall of Jupiter, the Terrace of Juno, the ...

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Audience Hall in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

We now arrive at the Sala dell’Udienza (Audience Hall or Audience Chamber) which was the Chamber of Justice, used for meetings and audiences of the Signoria. Originally, also this area was a large room as the underlying Salone dei Duecento, the Sala Grande (Great Hall), but between 1470 and 1472 the room was divided, by Benedetto da Majano, by a wall going to form ...

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The study of Francesco I de’ Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

At the end of the wall of the Salone dei Cinquecento – the one where is the entrance -, is a small masterpiece of Florentine Mannerism, the study of Francesco I (“studiolo” also called Tesoretto or Scrittoio del Duca), it is a small side room without windows that was part of the private apartments of Francesco I. At the time of its construction ...

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The Courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The first courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio was built in the first half of 14th century and then modified by Michelozzo in 15th century, he replaced the pillars with cylindrical and octagonal columns and built the loggiato. In the second half of 16th century all the palace endured important modification jobs executed by Vasari for wanting of Cosimo I de’ Medici. ...

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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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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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