Florence 11

Florence Episode 11 The Palazzo Vecchio

Dante’s death mask and the prisoners in the tower.

Find out why Duke Cosimo di Medici moved his family into the Palazzo Vecchio, the building which was originally his office, and how he and his Spanish wife Eleonora di Toledo made it both a symbol of the power of the Medici family and a comfortable home for themselves and their numerous children. Hear too how Machiavelli worked from here and listen to descriptions of his death mask and his office. Learn about some of the unfortunates who were imprisoned in the Torre di Arnolfo, the high crenelated tower which rises above the Palazzo and can be seen from all over Florence. Discover what to look out for in the various rooms included in the tours open to the public.