This would be a good time to look at the very good Florence maps we were given or here- FLORENCE MAP
As we learned yesterday, Piazza del Duomo is where the Baptistery, Florence Cathedral (and Duomo), Palazzo Vecchio, and Giotto's Bell Tower are located.
As you see on the map, Piazza del Signoria is not far away. Palazzo Vecchio (old palace) was originally called the Palazzo della Signoria, after the Signoria of Florence, the ruling body of the Republic of Florence and became the palace or the Medici until they built Piti Palace on the other side of the Arno.
Prof Giavanni Guidetti showed us the many statues adorning the square including the copy of Michelangelo's David (not shown) where the original had been for hundreds of years and afterwards the Piazza Vecchio.
Palazzo Vecchio This 14th century fortress like building has participated in 7 centuries of Florentine government administration, its lofty tower and clock dating to 1353. Here in the 15th century, the 9 elected Priors, each governing for only 2 months to prevent grasping of power, lived together in the first Republic since the ancient world. This seat of the governing body of the Republic, the "Signoria," was also known as the palace of the people- Palazzo del Popolo- until the earlier Medici became first among equals making it their palace while still observing many of the Republican traditions.
From there, one can look out at the Duomo and Bell Tower-
This was a beautiful example of furniture-