Florence travel guide

Old Palace

Still the seat of the Municipality of Florence, it was built at the end of the thirteenth century to be the political center of the city.
With its austere appearance, the medieval palace changed completely when it became the residence of the Medici family in 1540. The interior was enlarged and decorated, becoming the seat of government and an elegant ducal residence. The courtyard was decorated, as well as the apartments of the dukes, the study of Francis I was created and one of the most precious rooms of the museum, the Hall of Maps, which shows us the world as it was known in the sixteenth century and the giant globe that has come down to us intact.

A unique environment. Not to be missed is the view from the tower, 94 metres high, which in the 15th century was used as a prison for Cosimo il Vecchio de' Medici and later also for the Dominican friar Savonarola, before his public hanging in Piazza Signoria.