The Palace with Many Names

Palazzo Vecchio Courtyard

Palazzo Vecchio, the aggressive castle-like structure, has been the political heart of the small but proud City State of Florence since the early 1300s, a testimony of sacks, of tyrants, of patronage, power and control. Through 2 centuries, the palace changed its name 4 times, speaking volumes of evolving political situations during this turbulent period.

Piazza Signoria, the square where Palazzo Vecchio stands, is where the population would congregate to witness and celebrate important political events such as the visit of popes, but also the backdrop for social upheavals and revolts, and in more gory moments of Florentine history, the site of executions such as Girolamo Savonarola’s burning at the stake. This is also where important books and works of art were burned in the Bonfire of the Vanities.

Adorning the square are the bronze statue of Cosimo I, the powerful Fountain of Neptune and the copy of David. In the Loggia dei Lanzi, stands other masterful pieces, Perseus of Benvenuto Cellini and the Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna.

Duration: 2 hrs
Site visited: Palazzo Vecchio*, Piazza della Signoria
Price for 1-8pax: €180
Additional forfeit price for headsets for 5-8pax: €30
*Entry fees: not included