The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, Italy. It overlooks the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well as the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi. Recreated death mask of Dante Alighieri contains inside of Palazzo Vecchio.
The Piazza, the emblem of Florentine political power also ideally represents the happiest years of Machiavelli’s existence. They are the years in which the writer served his homeland as a secretary and second chancellor of the republican government, after the fall of the Medici (1498-1512). Piazza della Signoria, strictly connected with the Palazzo Vecchio, where the Gonfaloniere at the time, Piero Soderini, lived – with the which the writer had a collaboration with – was considered the material and symbolic place not only for political live but also civic life, the opposite of Piazza del Duomo, located nearby.