The Palazzo's construction began in 1299 and it was enlarged repeatedly - in 1343, 1495 and lastly in the 16th Century by Giorgio Vasari and Buontalenti. It has been the symbol and the political center of the city for centuries. The Great Room of the Cinquecento stands out: it was designed as a reception area and decorated with frescoes celebrating Florentine victories against the other Tuscan cities and with sculptures depicting the Deeds of Hercules by De Rossi. On the upper floors the Quarters of the elements are noteworthy as are those of Eleonora of Toledo who was the wife of Cosimo I and to whom the little chapel by Bronzino is dedicated. The Sala dei Gigli and the Sala dell'Audienza, which has a marble entrance, are sumptuous. On the Mezzanine there is the Loeser collection of painted sculptures. It is recommended that you visit the upper balcony where you can enjoy a fabulous view of Florence. In front of the museum, you'll find a copy of Michelangelo's David.
- Open Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM, Thursday from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM, Friday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM, Sunday from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
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