the Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio faces the Piazza della Signoria and is next to the Uffizi Gallery
Distance to the Duomo is about 5-10 minutes walk and to the train station 15 minutes.
The Palazzo Vecchio was built in the 14th century, and was the seat of the local government. After having been the seat of the town authorities, it became the home of the Medici family. The Medici family ruled for 3 centuries over Florence and was very powerful. They had their own private walkway, "the Vasari corridor", from the Uffizi to the Pitty Palace on the other side of the river. Nowadays, the Palazzo Vecchio is the seat of the municipal government.
The sculptures of Hercules and a replica of David (from Michelangelo) are standing near the entrance of the palace. (The original David is in Galleria dell'Accademia). On the Piazza Della Signoria is also The Fountain of Neptune.
Address: Piazza Signoria
Open 9.00 - 19.00 daily, Thursday 9.00-14.00
Closed: January 1, Easter, May 1, August 15, December 25
Admission: €10; a combined ticket with the tower is €14.
the Palazzo Vecchio, statues from David and Hercules