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Fountain of Neptune

this will be pictures of the Fountain of Neptune situated beside the Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Della Signora of which was built in 1555 by renaissance artist Bartolomeo Ammannati. (the statue is now a duplicate like the David Statue Nearby as the original was moved to the National Gallery nearby) The Neptune Statue has the face of the Grand Duke of Tuscany at that time the Medici Cosimo I (who also built the equestrian statue nearby)to signify the dominance of the Florentines of the Tyrhenian Sea The figure stands on a high pedestal in the middle of an octagonal fountain. The pedestal is decorated with the mythical figures of Scylla and Charybdis. There are also other Neptune fountains found in other areas of Florence.

The Piazza della Signoria is the main visited Square in Florence as it host's the famous Open Air Renaissance Works of Art, located along Loggia dei Lanzi beside the Palazzo Vecchio of which the Original Statue of David by Michael Angelo stood before it was moved inside the Accademia and replaced with a Replica. The Square was also the Center of Florence and the Bastion of the Then Ruling Medici Family of which many famous Structures are located such as the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Uguccioni, Palace of the Assicurazioni Generali, Loggia dei Lanzi (where the other famous renaissance sculptures are located), Tribunale della Mercanzia and a lot more. The square was built in the 14th century.

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Jun 23, 2016

Fountain of Neptune

The Neptune Fountain (Italian: Fontana del Nettuno) is a fountain in the Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The image is of marble and bronze and is 560 centimeters tall.

The fountain is made from 1560 to 1575 by Bartolomeo Ammannati on the occasion of the wedding of Francesco de Medici with Archduchess Johanna of Austria in 1565. It was a contest won Ammanati with its design. As an example of his fountain he took the Neptune Fountain of Montorsoli he had made in 1575.

In the middle is a copy of the marble statue of Neptune with the face of Cosimo I de 'Medici. Around it are bronze statues of river gods, Satyrs and marble horses. The fountain is made in the style of Mannerism.

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Jun 18, 2015

Fountain of Neptune – central meeting point

In the Piazza della Signoria, to the left of the Palazzo Vecchio, is a fountain with Neptune as its center piece. Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, has a face similar to Cosimo I de’ Medici. The fountain was meant to symbol Florence’s dominion over the water. It was created by Bartolomeo Ammannati in the mid-1500s for the wedding of one of the Medici family.

The actual statue of Neptune is a copy with the original in the Bargello Museum. The statue has been the target of vandalism in the past and now has surveillance cameras watching at all times. After it was first erected, it was also used as a place for doing laundry. Nowadays, security of the statue is a high priority.

If you need to meet people in Florence, this statue makes a good meeting spot – it is central and easy to find.
Two more things near the statue – there is a free water refills behind the statue; simply put your bottle or glass into the machine and you get fresh water for free. Also, in front of the statue is the round marker that shows where the monk Savonarola was executed for heresy and sedition in the late 1400s.

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Jun 15, 2014

Fountain of Neptune

Statue by Bartolomeo Ammannati. The Neptune figure, whose face resembles that of Cosimo I de' Medici, was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea. The pedestal in the middle is decorated with the mythical chained figures of Scylla and Charybdis. The statue of Neptune is a copy made in the nineteenth century, while the original is in the National Museum.
This statue and fountain are right outside the Uffizi in Piazza della Signoria.

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Sep 30, 2009
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Fountain of Neptune

The Fountain of Neptune is a fountain in Florence, Italy, situated on the Piazza della Signoria (Signoria square), in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

This work by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1563–1565) and some assistants, such as Giambologna, was commissioned on the occasion of the wedding of Francesco I de' Medici with grand duchess Johanna of Austria in 1565. The assignment had first been given to Baccio Bandinelli, who designed the model but he died before he could start working on the block of Apuan marble.
The fountain has suffered a great deal of damage during the centuries. It was used as a washbasin for laundry at the end of the 16th century. It was vandalized on January 25 1580. A satyr was stolen during the carnival in 1830. It was damaged again by the Bourbon bombardments of 1848. Consequently, it has been the object of several restorations and substitutions. On August 4 2005, the statue was the target of three vandals who climbed it, damaging one of the hands and the trident of Neptune. The act was recorded by security cameras. The statue was restored by 2007

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Aug 31, 2008

The Neptune Fountain

A stunning fountain in marble and bronze in Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.This courtyard is the most beautiful one in Tuscanny if not in the whole of Italy.Spend at least a couple of hours here in the square to see classic sculpture all around as well as meet locals and tourists.

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Jan 26, 2008

Fontana del Biancone

Fontana del Biancone (The Neptune Fountain) is a work of Ammannati and his younger collaborators, including Giambologna.

Your attention is immediately drawn to the powerful figure of Neptune, but there are other statues to be admired as well. They represent River Allegories of satyrs and nymphs.

It took 12 years (1563-75) to complete this fountain.

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May 23, 2007

Don't miss Neptune Fountain & Equestrian Statues

In the big Piazza della Signoria, you will see the unmissable Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune's Fountain: 1560-75), created by Bartolomeo Ammannati as a tribute to Cosimo I's naval ambitions. However, the Florentines didn't like it and nicknamed it "Il Biancone" (the Big Whitey).

The next interesting thing to see is the bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I by Giambologna (1594). Cosimo I de' Medici was the Duke of Florence from 1537 to 1574, reigning as the first Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1569.

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Il Biancone (Fountain of Neptune)

The Fountain of Neptune is called by the Florentins Il Biancone (The White Giant). The sculptor was Bartolomeo Ammannati and the year was 1565, with the occasion of a wedding in the Medici family. The Neptun's figure ressembles the face of Cosimo I de'Medici - nice twist ;) The white giant stands on a piedestal in the middle of the fountain, on horses and the mytical chained figures Scylla and Charybdis. This one is a copy, the original made in the 19th century is moved safely in the National Museum. A good move because the tifosi always ment trouble for the undefending statues . Recently a drunk guy wanted to have a picture too close to the giant and climbed on its left hand. Seconds he was in water with the broken hand of the statue.

But the greatest thing about the Neptune is the following thing that Michelangelo said to Ammannati when seing the work: "Ammannato, you've ruined a lovely block of marble!" :)))) Great line, I did not know he had such humour :))

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Aug 22, 2006

Neptune Fountain

The Neptune Fountain in Piazzelle della Signoria has been called a waste of marble by Michaelangelo. It is the main fountain in the square and is probably most significant as a locator for the plaque in the ground, to signify where Savonarola was burned at the stake.

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May 01, 2006

The Fountain of Neptune

This is a large fountain built by Bartolomeo Ammanuati during the period 1560 to 1565, an apprentice of Michelangelo, for Cosimo de Medici the ruling family. It was his intention to make Florence a naval power. It is centrally located and well worth viewing.

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Apr 26, 2006

Fountain I can't remember the name of

I am such a terrible tour guide, sorry folks, I keep forgetting the names of things I have seen, really famous things that I should know!! Is it something about Neptune?? Please help me!! Anyhow, we were there a few days after a vandal had damaged the hand of the statue man. They caught him and he got put in jail.

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Nov 16, 2005

Things To Do Near Fountain of Neptune - Il Biancone

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