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Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

“Palazzo Vecchio” is located on the Signoria square in Florence. This is one of the most famous buildings in Florence and most notable building on the Signoria square. The palace was built in 1299. The original building name was “New Palace”. In the 16th century it was known as the “Palazzo della Signoria”. In 1565 residence of the ruler of Florence was moved to the “Palazzo Pitti” palace and the building became known as “Old Palace” (Palazzo Vecchio).

There is a tower on the main facade of the palace (Tower of Arnolfo, height 94 m). Foundation and structural elements of earlier structures was used for construction of the tower (Foraboschi family tower, also known as “La Vacca”). For this reason the tower is not located in the center of the facade.

Most part of the “Palazzo Vecchio” is now a museum.

Nearby, on the Signoria square also are located: Fountain of Neptune, Loggia Lanzi, Ufitsi gallery. This place is included in the program to visit for all the tourist groups.

Distance from the Signoria square to “Ponte Vecchio” bridge is about 250 meters, to the “Santa Maria del Fiore” cathedral about 400 meters.

The photo was taken during a tourist trip to Italy in February 2013.

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
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