Notes on the Geography of Italy: Florence: Palaces: Photo 2
This could almost be part of a public building in any American downtown, but it's the back side of the Palazzo Vecchio, and the inscription is a reminder of its time as the ducal palace.
The ashlar blocks are as much a part of Renaissance Florence as limestone is of modern Jerusalem, and in both cases it's a matter of law--in this case, a Florentine law of 1389 requiring pietro dura facing for all buildings visible from the Via Calzaioli, which runs from the cathedral toward the river.
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