This is perhaps the most popular square in all of Florence. Is is dominated by Palazzo de Vecchio and it shares it with the Loggia and the Uffizzi Gallery. There are many statues here, giving the whole area the feeling of an open-air museum. In one part of the square is a great equestrian statue of Cosimo I Medici. The loggia has a number of statues including numerous classical, rennaisance and later works. Most notable of these Perseus with the head of Medusa by Cellini. There are more statues in front of the Palazzo de Vecchio, including a copy of David and the Fountain of Neptune. The square is of course also fringed by cafes and numerous souviner shops.
Perhaps there is no other place in Florence that has witnessed so much history unfold than Piazza della Signoria. Among other events, this is where the Dominican monk Savonarola staged the bonfire of the vanities - the burning of books, paintings, musical instruments, fine clothes - in 1497, only to be burned himself as a heretic a year after.
Fast forward to today, Piazza della Signoria is the focal point of Florence's tourism industry where thousands of tourists mill around to enjoy faux statues of David (which was bashfully covered while I was there), Giambologna's statue of the mounted Cosimo I (founder of the house of Medicis) and the imposing sculpture of Neptune by Ammananati. There is also the Palazzo Vecchio and of course, Loggia della Signoria, a platform built in the 14th century housing some exquisite sculptures such as The Rape of Sabine Women by Giambologna and Perseus by Cellini.
In front of the Palazzo Vecchio you find this piazza which is one of the places I liked the most in Italy. In the square you will find the bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I, the Lion, Judith and Holofernes, Hercules and Cacus, the rape of the Sabine Women, Perseus with the Head of Medusa and the most beautiful sculture in there (at least to me), the fountain of Neptune.
This is a popular meeting point for both locals and toursits and around the square there are a lot of shops and cafes so, grab a coffee, do some people watching while the sun goes down and live a unique moment you'll remember forever as I did.
Piazza della Signoria is the biggest square in Florence, it´s the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. It is the meeting place of Florentines as well as the numerous tourists. Is an oper air museum where you find the fountain of Neptuno, la Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio or Palazzo della Signoria site of the town hall and the most impressive statue like a reproduction of David, Perseus With the Head of Medusa, Judith and Holofernes, and much more.
La famosa Piazza della Signoria es la plaza mayor de Florencia, donde se encuentra la Fuente Manierista de Neptuno, de Ammannati, la Loggia dei Lanzi y el Palazzo Vecchio o Palazzo della Signoria sede del Ayuntamiento. También se encuentran las estatuas Cosimo el Viejo a caballo, el Hércules y Caco y una reproducción del David de Miguel Ángel que está de guardia al Ayuntamiento junto a Hércules.
This square is a place to stay and admire the Palazzo Vecchio, the sculptures and fountains, the buildings around... It is the heart of the city. Don't miss the copy of David, Hercules, Perseus and the sculptures in the archade, under Uffizi Gallery.
While visiting the most famous sites of Florence you will end up in the Piazza della Signoria.
"Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. It is the meeting place of Florentines as well as the numerous tourists.
The impressive 14th century Palazzo Vecchio is still preeminent with its crenellated tower. The square is also shared with the Loggia della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Palace of the Tribunale della Mercanzia (1359) (now the Bureau of Agriculture), and the Uguccioni Palace (16th c.) (with a facade probably by Raphael). Located in front of the Palazzo Vecchio is the Palace of the Assicurazioni Generali (1871, built in Renaissance style).
The various eye-catching statues in this square include:
At the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio, a copy of David. The original by Michelangelo is being kept at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts.
The "bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I" by Giambologna (1594)
The Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1575)
"The Lion", referred to as "il Marzocco" with a copy of the "Florentine Lily", originally made by Donatello (copy)
"Judith and Holofernes", by Donatello (copy)
"Hercules and Cacus", by Bandinelli (1533)
"The Rape of the Sabine women", by Giambologna (copy)
This splendid open-air museum evokes centuries of greatness and power. It was already a central square in the original Roman town Florentia, surrounded by a theatre, Roman baths and a workshop for dyeing textiles. Later there was a church San Romolo, a loggia and an enormous 5th c. basilica. This was shown by the archaeological treasures found beneath the square when it was repaved in the 1980's. Even remains of a Neolithic site were found. The square started taking shape from 1268 on, when houses of Ghibellines were pulled down by the victorious Guelphs. The square remained a long time untidy, full of holes. In 1385 it was paved for the first time. In 1497 Girolamo Savonarola and his followers carried out on this square the famous Bonfire of the Vanities, burning in a large pile books, gaming tables, fine dresses, and works of poets. In front of the fountain of Neptune, a round marble plaque marks the exact spot where Girolamo Savonarola was hanged and burned on May 23, 1498." [Taken from Wikipedia]
Try to take it all in......I dare you :p
Very big and full of treasures in the form of sculptures, people and architecture. Notice the replica of david, the brutal sculpture of a roman soldier about to lay slaughter on the pagan, lets say.
The beauty of florence is the small size of the city, but somehow housing the greatest treasures of the italian renaissance, such as this square. People come to this square not for bussiness, but rather to enjoy life, and drink wine. There is a gelatterio is succummbed to around the corner, and I recommend you have your italian ice cream here! A great variety of flavours and nuts too
This square has lots of steps and spots to rest and relax. I recommend spending your evenings here since at night, the squares special atmosphere is enhanced with the young people congregating here.
We did this last week - its wicked! They gave us a “tutorial” on how to drive the cars (not difficult, but useful for your confidence with any new car) and then we were off in the sunshine. With the roof down and a multi-coloured convoy in full flow there’s nothing quite like it for a taste of Italian cool, and we got plenty of opportunities to photograph ourselves (and be photographed by all the passers by - its the first time I’ve been a tourist attraction). These guys have started a few weeks ago but its run really well and feels like a very personal experience (they’re doing picnics and aperitivos too), and we loved it.
The Loggia della Signoria was originally built as a platform for public ceremonies in the 14th century, but it came to be used a showcase for sculpture. It is also sometimes referred to as the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Lanzi being Cosimo I's Swiss guards. He used to post these armed guards here as a reminder of his authority to the people of Florence. Today you can freely roam between the large sculptures of primarily Classical inspiration. One of the more famous statues is Giambologna's representation of Hercules with the minotaur's head, while outside you can find his Ratto delle Sabine (Rape of the Sabine Women) and Cellini's statue of Perseus with the head of Medusa.
Its in this wonderful plaza where you can find the fake David and numerous other replica statues. So if you didn't have the patience to wait in line at the Academy you can at least say you saw the fakes! This plaza is located right down the street from the Duomo and has many different places to eat and is in the same area as the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio.
As noted in most guides, this Piazza is known as Florence's outdoor sculpture gallery. Here there is a copy of "David" for those like myself who observed the museum's request not to photograph the original! As matter of fact, the original was initially located in the Piazza della Signoria until moved in 1873 to the Accademia. There are number of other sculptures of interest, originals and copies, such as, Perseus, Rape of the Sabine women, and Neptune fountain. The Palazzo Vecchio (1322), City Hall, also borders the piazza. A Loggia across from the Palazzo, lined with ancient Roman sculptures, has a number of steps lining the back wall perfect for sitting, resting and people watching.
Central plaza in Florence from where you can go to Ufizi, Palazzo Vecchio. There is a big beautiful fountain in the middle of it and on a side there is an covered area full of statues.
The plaza is full of restaurants, fast food places and souvenirs. Also there are a few wonderful gelato places, one of them was featured on Bon Appetite.
This square gets it's name from the Palace, where in the 4th century the government resided, they were called the Signoria.
In Roman times there were baths and theatres and textile dyeing workshops.
The Building today is still home to the Mayor and is the seat of the Commune. Here in the square were held the riots of the 1300's, the ceremonies and proclamations of the Medici, executions ( specifically that of the Italian dominican priest and leader of Florence who was hanged and burnt in 1498 after being tortured for weeks on the racks) and assassination too have all been carried out in this most awe inspiring place.
This must be the most spectacular open air museum I have ever seen and it's free! With statues of the 'Rape of the Sabine', 'Hercules and the Centaur', 'Perseus with the head of Medusa' all displayed in the Loggia of the Lanzi.
Walk across the square and the amazing Neptune fountain stands proudly alongside replica's of David and Hercules and Cacus.
It's the main piazza of the city, and it's also one of the most beautiful 'piazze' in Italy. You really can't stop taking pics at every corner!
It's surrounded by gorgeous buildings, including Palazzo Vecchio, and the fountain of Neptune right in the middle. There is also a copy of Michelangelo's David in front of Palazzo Vecchio, so if you want, you can skip the Accademia ;-)
All the cafes in this area seemed (like everywhere else in Florence) quite expensive, so if you want to enjoy a gelato or just a bottle of water here, get ready to spend good cash.
The Piazza della Signoria is THE place to be in Florence for those who love art and the history of the city. This has always been the heart of political power in Florence (hence its name) and is adorned with many examples of the city's rich cultural heritage. Watch out, however, as some of the statues here are fakes. Nevertheless, the Piazza is a great starting point for any visitor to the city of Florence, as Gli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and many other historic sites are either off of the Piazza or a 5 minute walk from it.
The Piazza has a turbulent history. In the 14th century it was the scene of a peasant and worker uprising. In 1498, Savonarola, a puritanical preacher, was hung and fried (yes fried) along with his supporters. The centrepiece of the square, the Fontana di Netuno, is not quite as beloved as some of the other artistic works throughout Florence. It is referred to by Florentines as Il Biancone (the big white one). Michelangelo said that it was a waste of marble. The Piazza also includes copies of Davide and Marzocco by Donatello.