The Palazzo Vecchio is a the ancient parliament of the republic of Firenze (now part of Italy) and serves today as the town hall of the city. It was built from the year 1299 on and also included private rooms for the members of parliament. It looks like a fortification because it should protect the parliament against the citizens.
The Palazzo Vecchio is the most impressive building at the Piazza della Signoria (“signoria” meaning the republic) and in front you can find a copy of Michelangelo’s David. Pictures from Leonardo and Michelangelo can be found within the building. And the building inspired others: the town hall of Fürth, Germany is a copy of the Palazzo Vecchio.
Piazza della Signoria