Viale Machiavelli is one of the Viali dei Colli (Avenues of the Hills), the scenic Florence boulevards that cross the hills surrounding the discrict of Oltrarno.
The Hall of Geographical Maps is a room full of charm, located on the second floor of the Palazzo Vecchio. It features fifty-three geographical maps, depicting the world as it was known in the middle of the sixteenth century.
The environment was created by Giorgio Vasari between 1561 and 1565 by order of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to fulfill the dual function of cloakroom—the room where the most important documents were kept—and cosmography room.
Palazzo Vecchio has been the symbol of the civil power of the city of Florence for over seven centuries.
The palace is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, who began to build it in 1299.
The Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens is a fascinating place, where you feel as though you’re in a fairy tale. The Grotta di Buontalenti (also known as Grotta Grande or the Big Grotto) was built by Bernardo Buontalenti between 1583 and 1593, commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici.
Robert Langdon has a favorite bookshop in Florence: the Anglo-American bookstore The Paperback Exchange, located in Via delle Oche, a few steps away from Piazza Duomo.
The protagonist of Inferno wants to reach the store to look for copies of The Divine Comedy, but he realizes that it is closed on Mondays, as are several other shops in Florence.
In the birthplace of Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language, today there is a building rebuilt in 1911 that houses the Casa di Dante, the Dante House Museum.