Armenia Map, Palazzo Vecchio

Hall of Geographical Maps

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.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is the first bridge ever built in Florence.

Historical sources indicate that Ponte Vecchio has been in place since at least the twelfth century, and we know that for a long time the Arno River was crossable only at this point.

Throughout its history, Ponte Vecchio has been renovated several times because of frequent floods, such as the one in 1333 that completely destroyed it.