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Palazzo Vecchio

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"you can get an extra ticket (buy in advance) to go up the tower and theres a great view of the cathedral and the river on either side ;) This Renaissance-era palace served as the seat of government for the Republic of Florence and is celebrated for its fortress-like appearance, with its crenellated tower and sturdy stone construction. Visitors to the Palazzo Vecchio can explore its richly decorated chambers, including the magnificent Hall of the Five Hundred (Salone dei Cinquecento), adorned with grand frescoes by Giorgio Vasari, and admire sculptures by Michelangelo and Donatello. "
"Palazzo Vecchio is the most famous palace in Florence, known as the original home of the Medici family during the beginning of their ruling. Before the family took over the Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio was known to be the center of Florence, as this palace held the city's town hall and only government offices. Today, this palace is open to visitors to admire the original rooms of the Medici's, as well as the artwork and collections that the family owned."
"This tower-topped medieval structure is the hub of Florentine Civil Power. It is filled with Renaissance Art, most notably in the imposing Hall of the Five Hundred, where both Da Vinci and Michelangelo were commissioned to paint murals. Though neither finished, the room is still a feast for the eyes. 💡 Tip: Check out the statue of David out front; this is where Michelangelo's originally stood. Also check out Dante’s Death Mask. "

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