Palazzo Vecchio has dominated Piazza della Signoria for centuries,
work having started on the building in the 1299. Initially it housed the Priori,
or Signoria, the city's ruling council, but in 1540 it became home to Cosimo I. Cosimo
remained in residence just nine years before moving to the Palazzo Pitti, the
point at which his "old" palace acquired its present name. Today the palazzo once again houses
the city's council, although much of its interior is also open to the public.
Last Revised October 5, 2007