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Palazzo Vecchio

Best Destinations - Amanda - February 20, 2016

This “old palace” is the government building for the town of Florence. It’s a style of architecture crenellated fortress that was built as a protection for the town in the 1200s. It had been created on the ruins of 2 even older palaces, referred to as Palazzo dei Fanti and Palazzo dell’Esecutore di Giustizia. The palaces were once closely-held by the infamous Uberti family, and a few believe that this site was constructed to prevent them from ever building on their Florentine homestead again.


The palace clock tower once served as a jail, and is made into the building’s facade, that is why it’s notfocused on the building. The aim of the building modified within the 1500’s once Duke Cosimo modified the capital of Medici power from Larga to Florence, and altered his home to the Palazzo di Signoria.

Today, the palace isn’t solely the town hall and therefore the home of the cmayor and city council, but also a museum. Guests can enjoy sightseeing the many parts of this huge structure. It contains an entrance, 3 separate courtyards, several ornate rooms and an enclosed path that passes over the Ponte Vecchio to the Pallazo Pitti across the river.

The most majestic is that the Salone dei Cinquecento, that was commissioned to carry the grand council. It’s giant enough to carry five hundred folks, and has ornate murals and golden ceiling accents. Over two dozensecond-floor rooms named for gods and therefore the elements, in additionas rulers at the time are often seen, and a splendid mezzanine level jam-packed with valuable artifacts.

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Top Places to Visit in Florence

Best Destinations - Amanda - February 10, 2016

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For art, history, or architecture lovers, no trip to Italy is complete without a visit to the town of Florence. This is often one of the foremost visited cities within the world, owing to its role in being the birthplace of Europe’s Renaissance movement. The town was originally engineered as a garrison settlement in the Roman era, however its age permits totally different samples of baroque, medieval and neoclassic architecture.


Florence holds a grand yet dubious history with a number of the best artists of the renaissance era, additionally as a number of the time’s most dubious characters additionally. It had been the home of Dante once he was in exile, additionally as well as the wealthy and deadly Medici family. It is the home of nice works like Michelangelo’s sculpture of David, in one of its dozens of art museums.

Ponte Vecchio

This bridge across the Arno River is of the once-common closed spandrel segmented arch style. The bridge contains shops on it, that was once common with several bridges, and frequently occupied things like butchers who got quick access to dump their waste into the river and keep a clean look to sell their wares from. Today, souvenir, art and jewellery stores occupy the bridge instead. Once, all shops had tables displaying a number of their wares out in the open like a modern day farmer’s market. A second row of back shops was added in the seventeenth century.

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The bridge crosses the narrowest point on the Arno, and was originally created throughout Roman times. It’s a part of the famed Via Cassia route. the middle of the bridge holds a tiny low dedication stone with worn Italian writing. Translated it used to read, “In the thirty-third year following thirteen hundred, the bridge fell from a watery flood: ten years later, at the pleasure of the Commune, it had been remodeled with this adornment.”
The Ponte Vecchio has had some surprising supporters. During WWII, Hitler gave express orders that the Ponte Vecchia remain standing, even when other bridges throughout the region were being bombed to prevent tank traffic from moving easily across the countryside. One of the most unique customs on this bridge is the presence of many locked padlocks found throughout the structure. A legend exists that if a couple locks a padlock to this eternal structure and throws the key into the river, they too will be locked together. Unsurprisingly, there is a lock shop ready to sell lovers their own padlocks that can be found right on the bridge.

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