Photos from the Piazza della Signoria

If you ever find yourself in Florence, you won’t be able to miss the Piazza della Signoria. It’s  a big deal. It’s home to the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizzi Gallery and the world-famous Michelangelo statue of David (which is a reproduction, the original can be found in the Galleria Accademia but the Piazza della Signoria is the original site it was commissioned for.) It’s the kind of place that made me heave a big sigh of happiness when I saw it for the first time.

We first came across the Piazza della Signoria on our first night in Florence. The day we arrived, Florence had had some stormy weather. The tarmac at the airport was covered in puddles and, as we drove through the city in a taxi to our apartment, Florence had that “freshly soaked” smell of heavy rain to her. While we wandered about on our first evening, looking for a bar to drink a couple of proseccos in, the skies were still sultry and heavy with clouds.

Palazzo Vecchio- looking just like it does in Ewan's Assassin's Creed Playstation game. I sent him this photo to show him. :-)

Beautiful architecture on the east side of the piazza.

Sultry skies behind Ammannati's Fountain of Neptune

But look how handsome he is in blue sky. I think Neptune is my favourite statue in all of Florence.

Cellini's statue of Perseus, holding up the head of Medusa. Gruesome and beautiful at the same time.

Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus. Apparently a not-very-well-thought-of sculpture. Cellini (of the above Perseus fame) is said to have declared that Hercules here looks like, "a sackful of melons." Harsh.

Cosimo I- one of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany or something. Looking very grand upon his horse.

A Medici lion. The Medicis are ALL OVER Florence. There's no escaping them. They loved themselves a lion or two.

A fountain in the courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio. Is it a Cellini? I can't remember and can't seem to be able to find out.

Michelangelo's David. Or, a copy. But, since I didn't manage to see the original, and this one is in the spot he was originally designed for, this one will do for me. I wasn't prepared for how big he is (yes, that's what she said). He's REALLY big!

There is plenty more sculpture around the Piazza della Signoria. There’s also a gorgeous Loggia which is home to some Roman sculpture. Sadly, while I was there, it was taken over a little by scaffolding so I didn’t take any photos of it, or of the very famous and beautiful (despite the subject matter) sculpture, Rape of the Sabine Women.

On our first night, my friends and I decided after a bit of wandering around that we would treat ourselves to prosecco in the Piazza della Signoria. Outrageously expensive at €9 per glass (We found cheaper places on subsequent nights.) but still, gorgeous. :-)

Prosecco and nibblies. I do love the Italian way of nibblies being served with drinks. So very civilised.

"I can't believe I'm drinking prosecco in Florence!" Cheers!

4 thoughts on “Photos from the Piazza della Signoria

  1. Lovely post. Nice to see the Medicis getting a mention, we learnt about them last year in one of my lectures and that was enough to put Florence on my To Visit list.

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