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“Cradle of the Renaissance !” 5 of 5 stars
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Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 224 Attractions in Florence
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Since its beginning during the Middle Ages, the Piazza della Signoria has been the political heart of the city.
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“Cradle of the Renaissance !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We listened to La Traviata in the Piazza one night while we were there and just absorbed the essence of this wonderful city.....

Visited May 2012
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“Nice piazza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

It's a plaza with cafes and shops. But very cool to stumble upon in the midst of walking. Very large and touristy

Visited August 2012
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“Lots of "Free" Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Just wondering around the piazza, watching all the sculptures free at display is amazing. We did not buy a ticket to the museum itself.. that was enough pleasing for us

Visited February 2013
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“Piazza della Signoria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Step back to the 14th-15th century when the Medici ruled Florence and the great masters adorned Florence with their art. This is the experience of visiting the historic district of Florence and the Piazza della Signoria. The Piazza della Signoria was the seat of power. The fortress, palace and town hall built in Romanesque architecture. It is still in existence and is the focal point of the square. Witin a short walking distance you can visit the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza de Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Museum and the Loggia del Lanzi. The Piazza della Signoria remains as an important piece in the history of Florence. A pedestrian walkway makes strolling the district easy and safe. A police presence can also be seen. Don't even think about bring a car. There is no parking and public transportation is cheap and accessible. The highlights of the piazza include: a copy of David, the Fountain of Neptune (1575 Ammannati), Hercules and Cacus (1533 Bandinelli), The Rape of the Sabine Women (Giambologna, Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1554 Cellini), etc.. It is an open air sculpture gallery. A bronze statue of Cosimi I on his horse, a Medici (1554), can also be seen. A few steps infront of the Fountain of Neptune is a circular plaque which marks the spot where the friar Savanaroia was executed. He orchestrated the Bonfire of the Vanities, an assault on what he deemed was morally wrong. Books, art, wigs and make-up, etc. were burned in the square. There are quite a few restaurants in the square area. The historic cafe Rivoire to name just one. Realize that you will pay a premium for the dining experience. At time there are street performances and other special events on the piazza. The Piazza della Signoria has it's own website so you can check on events, etc.. A copy of a sculpture should be clearly marked as such.

Visited February 2013
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“Piazza della Signoria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I visited Florence with family in April. This was my second time to Florence and both times I have been to the piazza. With the Loggia dei Lanzi, Fountain of Neptune and old buildings such as the Palazzo Vecchio, the piazza provides lovely photo opportunities. Try to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Visited April 2012
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