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. The Salone dei Cinquecento