Sunday, November 18, 2007

Palazzo Vecchio

We intended to go to the Bargello this morning but when we got there discovered it was closed on the third Sunday in the month. (It’s these kind of odd hours that you run into a lot in Florence. You just go with the flow.) So we went to Palazzo Vecchio (town hall of Florence) instead and had a good time. The building dates back to the end of the 13th century. In the huge Salone dei Cinquecento (room of 500 hundred) there was a youth orchestra performing the Four Seasons and it was a pleasant welcome. One thing that is nice about the Palazzo Vecchio is that it has many windows and there is a lot of light coming in.

The parapet (according to a ticket office person) has been closed for three years – in restoration. She said it would open next spring. We remember the parapet from a visit in the late 1990s. It’s one of the highest points in the Palazzo you can get to.

There is also a guided visit to the palace with stops in the "secret" spots that you normally can't get to. You must have a reservation. Ask at the ticket office.

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