Capital city of Tuscany and set in the heart of a serenely beautiful countryside, it was the heart of
the Renaissance with the city’s artists, architects and merchants all striving
to recreate the natural harmony of the surroundings in their works so the
city is bursting with art and history.
In the very heart of the most famous piazza of the city, the Palazzo
Vecchio is dominated by a lofty bell-tower, turrets and coats of arms. The 12th century building in severe
Gothic style is in complete contrast to the refinement and splendour of the
Renaissance interior. The Sala Rossa, with its gilded furnishings and sumptuous
silk drapes, is the elegant setting for the civil ceremonies, which can be
celebrated Wednesday and Thursday mornings only. Saturdays are sometimes
possibile but are generally reserved for the residents.