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Palazzo Vecchio

The exterior of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Courtesy of APT Firenze

Hours: 9am-7pm (until 2pm Thu)
Cost: €6; concessions €4.50
Initially called Palazzo della Signoria, (named after the ruling body of the Republic of Florence), today the huge, gothic Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) is Florence's Town Hall and the symbol of the city.
Originally designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1299, and modified throughout the following centuries, the palace features the famous Salone del Cinquecento with frescoes by Varsari, the Studiolo di Francesco I and more frescoes by Ghirlandaio, Francesco Salviati, il Bronzino and Vasari himself in the Quartiere degli Elementi and Quartiere di Eleonora. Other masterpieces include Michelangelo's statue of Victory and Donatello's original Judith and Holofernes bronze.
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