Ponte Vecchio, Firenze

Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signoria

In the heart of the beautiful city of Florence, the most famous and representative monuments of its history and culture stand out: Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. These places, among the most visited in the city, constitute the nerve center of the political and social life of Florence since the Middle Ages.

Palazzo Vecchio, one of the most majestic civic palaces in Italy, dominates impressively in the center of the square. Built in the 14th century as the seat of the city government, the palace, also known as Palazzo della Signoria, is a real treasure trove of art that encloses several monumental rooms inside, including the Sala dei Cinquecento, decorated by the splendid frescoes of Giorgio Vasari, the Sala delle Carte Geografiche, with its magnificent coffered ceiling, and the Sala dei Medici. Each room is furnished with precious historical furniture and works of art of invaluable value.

But Palazzo Vecchio is not only a place of historical and artistic interest. Inside the palace there is also the famous Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, which houses important art collections and historical artifacts.

Palazzo Vecchio overlooks majestically the Piazza della Signoria, one of the most famous places in Florence and a real open-air museum. The square is surrounded by important monuments and palaces, including the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uguccioni Palace, the Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali and the Palazzo della Mercanzia.

At the center of the square stands the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de 'Medici, while in front of the entrance to Palazzo Vecchio there is a reproduction of Michelangelo's David. But the most famous monument of Piazza della Signoria is undoubtedly the Fountain of Neptune, with the famous "Biancone", created in the 16th century by Bartolomeo Ammannati.

But it is not only history and art that make Piazza della Signoria unique. Here you can find some of the most famous and characteristic places in Florence, such as the famous Caffè Rivoire. This place is famous not only for its privileged position on the square, but also for its history. Caffè Rivoire was founded in 1872 and became one of the favorite places of nobility and intellectuals of the time. Even today it is possible to taste their exquisite chocolates and pastries sitting outdoors in the square or internally in the tea room, enjoying in both cases the extraordinary atmosphere of the square.

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio are two of the most iconic and representative places in Florence. Thanks to their history, art, and beauty, these places continue to fascinate and move visitors from all over the world. With their monuments, venues, and events, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio represent the beating heart of the city, the place where Tuscan culture, history, and tradition merge into an unforgettable experience.

Some comments form guests, always welcome

Nice clean place next to Piazza Santa Croce. Close to good restaurants and pasticceria, and taxi stand at the piazza. The hosts Chiara and Francesco are wonderful, helpful and responsive. You can really see they make a great effort for guests to feel at home. Communication is easy.(Airbnb)

Perfect place for our weekend getaway! Nice apartment- Francesco was great and super easy to communicate with. Location was convenient to restaurants and night life. Would definitely recommend! (Airbnb) (Airbnb)