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Palazzo Vecchio e della Piazza Signoria
 
A brief, charming walk of only a few minutes from Serristori Palace Residence will take you to Piazza della Signoria. It is a very special walk that takes you across the fascinating Ponte Vecchio, under the Vasari Corridor, past the world-famous Uffizi and the captivating Loggia dei Lanzi, and lands you right in the political centre of the Medicean city (and also of the 21st century).

The square is dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio, a unique synthesis of fourteenth-century architecture.

Inside Palazzo Vecchio is the unmissable Salone dei Cinquecento,  a grandiose hall built in 1494 at Girolamo Savonarola’s behest, which hosted the Italian Parliament from 1865 to 1871. The hall is renowned for its lavish decorations, majestic paintings and the stunning coffered ceiling.

Recently the Salone dei Cinquecento was cited in Dan Brown’s bestselling book Inferno, particularly for Vasari’s work and the strange words “cerca trova” (meaning search find) found on one of his paintings, which have received a number of interpretations over the centuries. The most fascinating of these is the hypothesis that Vasari’s painting hides an unfinished masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci representing the Battle of Anghiari.

Up until 1873, at the entrance to Palazzo Vecchio stood the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. After that date the original was moved to the Accademia Gallery and replaced by a copy.

An essential part of the Palazzo Vecchio is the impressive Tower of Arnolfo built in 1310 and over 94 meters high.

Any visitor of Piazza della Signoria will be captivated by the Loggia dei Lanzi which preserves wonderful classical sculpture masterpieces such as Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus, and the Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna.