University founded by Napoleon
The many medieval structures that made up the original building became immense, between the years 1562 and 1567, in this gigantic palace, but perfectly balanced. The outside is designed with rectangular windows in stone. The front was decorated with designs of graphite related with allegorical figures and zodiacal signs, which were sculpted by aides Tommaso di Battista del Verrocchio and Alessandro Forzori di Arezzo. On the 1st floor, at the end of the outside, there are 2 shields of arms of the Ordine dei Cavalieri di Santo Stefano, while the curvilinear tympanum of the main entrance is the coat of arms of the Medici, in which included the symbols of the Order, as Cosimo I de Medici was proclaimed Grand Master of the Order.