Throwback Thursday: The Palazzo Vecchio

Resting on top of an ancient Roman theatre dating back to the 1st Century AD, the Palazzo Vecchio was built from the start as a hall designed to host the city council of Florence.  At the time called Palazzo della Signoria, it was expanded in1342, with the extensions giving it the appearance of a fortress, and hidden staircases were added for secret escapes during the night.

fullsizerender-5The Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred), the most grand room in the palace, was built in 1494, and will leave any visitor standing in awe with it’s huge paneled walls and fresco ceilings painted by both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

in 1540 Cosimo I de’Medici decided to turn the home into his residence alongside his wife, and the Palazzo went through extensive renovations.  After he moved to his new house, the Palazzo Pitti, the name of Palazzo della Signoria became Palazzo Vecchio, or the Old Palace.

Today it is a beautiful museum for Florence, and hosts the town hall of Florence as well.


Have you been inside the Palazzo Vecchio?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Sydney Zaruba
Sydney is a double major at the Univerisity of Florida in Telecommunication News and Theatre. She is the writer and creater of She spends her free time roadtripping, getting into trouble, and trying to find joy in the little things. If she's not in the newsroom or the theatre, she's probably drinking wine, watching "Friends", and planning her next big adventure. With a serious passion for travel she enjoys spending it with friends and family, and anyone who shares her thirst for discovering new places. You'll often hear her say "You can sleep when you're dead", and then rushing off towards something fun and exciting. She plans never to settle for anything less than she deserves and never be content because she believes you can always keep growing. Souls have to breathe, and without travel, that is near impossible.

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