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Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of the Renaissance city of Florence and one of its many gems. The Palazzo is flanked by a statue of David (a replica not the original of course) at its entrance along with statues of Hercules and Cacus.

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A huge courtyard welcomes you and leads to the Hall of the Five Hundred (Salone dei Cinquecento). It is awe inspiring to be there standing next to the frescoes by Michelangelo, Vasari and Da Vinci. As it turns out, this very hall is also the largest room in Italy that can be used as a political gathering!!

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The entire chamber is spellbinding. I must have spent an hour there itself before moving to see other areas of the Palazzo. One of things I wanted to see was the famed mask of Dante Alighieri, a Florentine poet. The mask has been highlighted in Dan Brown’s Inferno ( I won’t give it more than 3 stars) and is known to be a symbol of Dante’s contribution to the town of Florence. It was made by Pietro and Tullio Lombardo in 1483.

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I moved further to see the other rooms such as the Room of Jupiter and Penelope. After which I came to the Hall of Geographical Maps (Stanza della Guardoroba). The small chamber was full of old maps and ornate designed objects from as far as the 16th century. It is believed that this is the same hall where the belongings of Medici Grand Dukes were kept. This was by far my favorite and it was amazing to be standing next to a huge globe, almost 6 feet tall (I have been fascinated with globes since I was a little girl thanks to Papa).

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Half a day spent in the Palazzo Vecchio was special to me, the interiors are massive and unique. Visiting it was surely akin to taking a trip back in time. I hope you enjoyed a tour of the Palazzo with me 🙂

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