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.
Florence – Yesterday afternoon, the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) was full of passionate readers as well as the merely curious: the fascinating subject and the congeniality of Dan Brown gave the audience a really interesting event.
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.