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“The most impressive museum in Florence”

Museo di Palazzo Vecchio
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Owner description: Palazzo della Signoria, better known as Palazzo Vecchio, has been the symbol of the civic power of Florence for over seven centuries. Among the works of art safeguarded in the museum: the Cortile di Michelozzo; Michelangelo’s celebrated Victory in the Salone dei Cinquecento; Donatello’s Judith in the Sala dei Gigli; the private rooms of the Medici court and among these the marvellous Cappella di Eleonora, the chapel with paintings by Agnolo Bronzino.
Reviewed 14 September 2011

We were three adults and two children (9 and 11) and were absolutely amazed by the place.
The rooms are stunning, the art is amazing and the level of conservation is awesome.
You are allowed to take pictures here (which is NOT allowed in most other sites).
Explanations in all languages and surprisingly, the sheer beauty and power of the place calmed the children and allowed them to take in the views and art without problems.

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Reviewed 30 June 2011

The fortress-like Palazzo on the main square is usually viewed by the hordes of tourists as a backdrop for the repro of Michaelangelo's iconic David, so this palace is not on the top of everyone's must-see list. But it should be for anyone with more than a passing interest in Renaissance art, and for those with an interest in history and political power. Long the center of government, it was built as a public building for meetings of the rulers of the city-state of Florence; the enormous rooms and staircases reflect the self-consciousness of those in charge. Imagine the conversations and confrontations that happened here! Everywhere are reminders of how seriously Florentines took the idea that they were inheritors of ancient Roman power. The walls are highly decorated with grotesqueries (the fantastical conglomeration of florets and figures that became all the rage during the Renaissance after the Roman villas frescoed in this style were excavated during those years). The central meeting chamber built to hold 500 representatives is a massive space decorated by Vasari's frescoes of battles with Siena and Pisa (the two nearby cities with which Florentines were viciously competitive). Michaelangelo's Genius of Victory is here, along with other fine marbles. When the Medici family members, expelled from Florence, returned in 1540 with Cosimo I as ruler, he had apartments in the palace redecorated, primarily by Vasari. Room after room of extraordinary frescoes, artworks, panelling, and carvings attest to the amazing concentration of wealth and the impulse to display it. Cosimo's wife Eleanor of Toledo never did like living in this palace, so the family purchased another one across the river, the Pitti Palace, so that the residence at the Piazza became known as the Palazzo Vecchio (or "old palace"). The map room wil be fascinating for anyone who loves cartography---it gives a sense of what the world "looked like" to those in power 500 years ago.
Recently the Palazzo Vecchio has been open at night! What a grand idea! So if you are wandering about the Piazza and see the palace doors open, go right in and walk around. There is a lack of good written commentary, so take a good guidebook along.

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Reviewed 20 May 2011

The Palazzo Vecchio was the highlight of my trip to Florence. After spending a boring (if you're not a fan of renaissance painting!), and expensive, few hours tramping round the Uffizzi gallery, we looked at the Palazzo Vecchio and, not knowing anything about it, wondered if we would bother going inside. The entry price of just 6 euros persuaded us it was worth a look and I'm glad we did because the interior is spectacular. There is beautiful artwork and architecture throughout and I'd say this is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Florence.

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