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.
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.