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“Nice piazza”

Piazza della Signoria
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Florence Walking Tour Including Aperitivo
Ranked #4 of 631 things to do in Florence
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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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“Nice piazza”
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”
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”
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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“Wonderful Piazza”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is truly a beautiful piazza with probably the best collection of outdoor statues in the world! I never tired of walking through this square and if you love sculpture as I do then you won't be disappointed. Apart from the obvious majesty of David, even though it's a replica, there are many fantastic statues to gaze at. Perseus slaying Medusa is just awesome as is the wonderful Neptune fountain which seems to dominate the square. Hercules and Cacus, the Rape of the Sabine women, Hercules and the Centaur and more. Then there's the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi just off the square. It is a visual feast not be missed!

Visited February 2013
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“Some of the best things in life are free!”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

The piazza has numerous replica statues. The David stands in its original location in the piazza before being moved to the accademia. There is also a beautiful fountain. It is like an outdoor museum. The area is very well cared for by the city. A cop was watching over the statues the night I visited.

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