Salone dei CinquecentoIn the Palazzo there are several particularly outstanding rooms: the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) was the meeting room of the Grand Council of the Republic of Florence, following that of the High Council of the Republic of Venice. When Cosimo I de' Medici moved into the palazzo, he used the room for public ceremonies. During the remodeling, much of the art originally housed here was lost, including works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Da Vinci's work was reportedly hidden behind a hollow wall, but has not been found to this day. Frescoes depicting Florence's victories over Siena and Pisa can also still be seen here today.
Sala degli ElementiOn the second floor a highlight is the Sala degli Elementi: five rooms that served as Cosimo I's living quarters and are decorated on various themes from nature and mythology. The chambers of Cosimo's wife, Eleonora di Toledo were equally luxurious with friezes, wallpaper and painted ceilings.
CourtyardThe courtyard, designed by Michelozzo, is decorated with ornate and gilded columns, frescoes and sculptures. The grotesque mixture of human, animal and plant motives was in fashion during the Renaissance.
Sala delle Carte GeograficheThe Sala delle Carte Geografiche shows the world as it was known in the 16th century and housed the Medici's most unusual treasures. The unique interior design by Dionigi di Matteo Nigetti includes wall cabinets with maps on the doors. A large 16th-century globe stands in the center of the room; a matching celestial globe was never completed.
Corridoio vasarianoClosed to visitors for security reasons in 2016, the Vasari Corridor between Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery shall reopen regularly from 2022, once the refurbishment works including a new modern light as well as an air-conditioning system have been carried out thus making it a fully accessible museum open to all visitors.The statue of David in front of Palazzo Vecchio is a copy, since the original David stood in this place between 1504 and 1873, but it suffered damage due to environmental factors and was moved to its current location in the Galleria dell' Accademia. Since 1910 the replica stands in front of the Palazzo della Signoria.