Live the history with the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
The Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence is located inside a magnificent structure in the famous Piazza della Signoria, and for centuries has been the symbol of political power of the city, hosting, among others, the Italian Parliament between 1865 and 1871 and today it is the seat of the municipality of Florence.
After passing the entrance leading to the Michelozzo’s Courtyard, with its stucco and frescoes, it begins the visit of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, built on two floors, a landing and a mezzanine, which leads to the Salone dei Cinquecento, one of the most spectacular in Italy. Built in the late XV century by Simone del Pollaiuolo, named “il Cronaca”, it hosts the unfinished paintings the “Battle of Anghiari” by Leonardo da Vinci and the “Battle of Cascina” by Michelangelo. On the walls there are large frescoes that depict battles and military victories by Florence over Pisa and Siena with 39 ceiling panels by Vasari; works of Baccio Bandinelli, including the raised level of the “Udienza”; statues of Vincent de’ Rossi and the sculpture the “Genius of Victory” by Michelangelo.
The Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, leads, then, to discover masterpieces of Italian art history along the Studiolo of Francesco I and the other seven rooms, enhanced by works by Vasari, Allori, Giambologna, Ammannati, Stradano, Sabatini, Baccio d’Agnolo, Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano, designed to celebrate the greatness of the Medici family. On the same floor here is the desk, the Chapel of Saints Cosmas and Damian and the Ricetto. The second floor of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence is introduced by the monumental staircase designed by Vasari. One of its most interesting rooms is the “Quartiere degli Elementi”, with decorations started by Battista del Tasso and completed by the workshop of Vasari. Next to it, here is the “Quartiere di Eleonora”, designed by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I’s wife, Eleonora di Toledo, with decorations, among others, by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Francesco Salviati, Agnolo Bronzino and Sustermans.
The tour in the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence continues with the Chapel of the Priors, containing relics of St. Bernard, and restored by Baccio d’Agnolo. Works and masterpieces are waiting for you in the Hall of Justice and the Room of the Lilies, the Hall of Geographical Maps, the Old Chancellery, the Salotta and Study Room, in the upper landing and Mezzanine, with the magnificent collection Loeser.
Overall, the complex is a site to visit while on holiday in the Tuscan capital, to live intensely by choosing the right place to stay: as the Brunelleschi, 4-star hotel in the city center, in Piazza Santa Elisabetta enriched by a restaurant where to taste the Tuscan and Mediterranean specialties prepared by Chef Giuseppe Bonadonna. The hotel is perfect for a weekend in the city, being located just two hundred meters from the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Immortal works in the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence