Piazza della Signoria, Firenze: An Open-Air Museum


One of the most beautiful places in my town Florence is the Piazza della Signoria. Located in the centre of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can find such stunning sculptures as Giambologna’s “Rape of the Sabine Women,” Cellini’s “Perseus with the head of Medusa,” and many others including a copy of Michelangelo’s “David” known worldwide.

A short walk from Botticelli’s Venus, guarded in the Uffizi Gallery, there is one of the most beautiful places in my town: Piazza della Signoria. This L-shape square was built around 1268 over a central square of the original Roman town Florentia, surrounded by a theatre, which is now accessible by the Palazzo Vecchio, the main building of the present-day square.

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Palazzo Vecchio (the name means “Old Palace”) is the town hall of Firenze. It’s also called Palazzo della Signoria because it used to be the seat of the House of Medici, the political dynasty that governed the Republic of Firenze during the late 14th century.

At the entrance of the building there is the copy of Michelangelo’s David (the original is located in the Accademia Gallery) where the original one used to be until 1873, to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Florentine Republic.

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The most beautiful part of the square, in my opinion, is the Loggia dei Lanzi, which consists of wide arches open to the street, three bays wide, and one bay deep, built between 1376 and 1382 to house the assemblies of the people and hold public ceremonies. Now it is an open-air sculpture gallery. On the left, there is Benvenuto Cellini’s Perseus, a bronze statue of the mythical Greek hero holding up the head of Medusa. The other sculptures are made of marble. The most important one is the statue of The Rape of Sabine Women by Giambologna, that is about an episode in the legendary history of Rome.

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This place has something magical. Visit it in summer, when there are free concerts of Maggio Fiorentino by night: listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under the stars, surrounded by all these sculptures is one of the best moments that you could experience in your life.

For more information visit: the official website of the city, the Wikipedia website and for the concerts the official website of Maggio Fiorentino

written by lulomo on 2011-10-28 #places #location #select-type-of-location #art-and-culture #museum-art-oper-air-florence-firenze-italy-italia-europe

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One Comment

  1. hairil
    hairil ·

    I was there around spring, and it was wonderful! = ) Forza Firenze, Forza Italia!

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