One of the attractive monuments found at Piazza della Signoria is the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de Medici created by Flemish sculpture Giambologna in 1598.
The bronze statue is of proud, vigorous and stately Medici, resembling the historical figure as he must have been at the height of his reign, when all of Tuscany was under the control and leadership of Florentine rule.
Of additional interest, Cosimo was particularly keen on the arts. He is credited with having finished the Pitti Palace and for creating the Uffizi, now one of the finest art collections in the world. You may wish to visit these top attractions before or after stopping by to seeing statue of Cosimo I during your trip to Florence.
When you pass through Piazza della Signoria, make sure to allow a few minutes to admire other fine monuments such as the Neptune Fountain, Replica of David and the incredible cache of sculptures located at the outdoor Logia del Lanzi, where you find other important works by Giambologna; including Ratto della Sabine and Hercules and Nessus.
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