As you enter the palace, you will find yourself in an enclosed courtyard that has several fountains and sculptures. The ticket office is there, as it the gift shop. Once you get your ticket, you'll enter into the Salone dei Cinquecento, a HUGE room that was commissioned by Savonarola in 1494 to be used as a seat of the Consiglio Maggiore, which consisted of 500 members.
|Salone dei Cinquecento|
Climb the impressive staircase to the second floor and you'll be rewarded to dozens upon dozens of rooms, each exquisitely decorated, that will cause your jaw to drop in sheer amazement. There is so much to see in each room! As you walk through a doorway, your eyes will immediately be drawn up to the amazingly decorated ceilings. I was afraid that our necks would be sore after spending so much time looking upward!
|One of the many impressive ceilings in Palazzo Vecchio|
Of course, in between the ceiling and the floor are the walls, many of which are covered with frescoes or framed paintings by some of the most famous artists, such as Botticelli, Bronzino, and DaVinci.
Walk through the Sala dell'Udienza (Hall of Justice) and pass through the large inlaid wooden doors carved by Del Francione (depicting Dante on one door and Petrach on the other), you will enter the "Hall of Lilies". This room has a wall covered with frescoes painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio in 1482. The ceiling is decorated with gold fleur-de-lys on a blue background, carved by brothers Benedetto and Giuliano da Maiano.
|The Hall of Lilies|
|Judith and Holofernes|
|"Mappa Mundi" in the Stanza del Guardaroba|