Among the many bizarre things and places that Dan Brown mentions in his 2013 thriller
The Hall of the Five Hundred (Salone dei Cinquecento) is the largest and most important room in terms of artistic and historic value in Palazzo Vecchio.
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 (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.
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.
Palazzo Vecchio was known throughout the world for being the seat of political power in Florence for about seven centuries.
It used to be the symbol of the Republic of Florence and later of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and it still is the town hall.