I am here to study chemistry but guess what else I found? The Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizzi Gallery are in Florence. To continue on the theme of the UN sustainable development goal of peace, justice and strong institutions, I wanted to share some photos of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy which I visited. The Palazzo Vecchio was built between 1298 and 1314 in order to house the governing body of Florence. It has a long and rich history. It also housed the powerful Medici family of Florence. The Medici family were bankers and they funded much of the renaissance art in Florence. I also saw a story about how Florence was the capital of Italy for a short time and the Palazzo Vecchio was the capital building. Now, it is the town hall of Florence and is where the office of the mayor is located, but much of it is also a museum. When I visited it, I saw columns, statues, frescoes, paintings, and intricate ceiling decorations. To be a government building for over 700 years surely demonstrates a strong institution.
I believe I have visited many museums. Too many years ago for me to remember well, I visited the Sistine Chapel and learned of all that artwork. Also awhile back, I visited the Museum of Natural History in New York and in Denver as well as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. More recently, I visited the Getty in Los Angeles. And, of course, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now, I have visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It is located on the Arno River and the exterior is awesome. It was completed in 1574 and was originally government offices. The Medici family made it their personal gallery then it was opened to the public. It has 70 rooms of art. Some of the pieces are by Da Vinci, and there is Boticello’s Birth of Venus! The Ufizzi Gallery is also an example of a strong institution.