"A nice piazza" Piazza Della Signoria Tip by Marpessa
Piazza Della Signoria, Florence: 97 reviews and 211 photos
This is the Piazza where Michelangelo's 'David' used to stand - there is a replica in its place now (with many people still getting their picture taken with it). There are many restaurants, shops and ice-cream parlous in the area.
The main feature of Piazza della Signoria is the Palazzo Vecchio - the building with the tower and clock. The construction of Palazzo Vecchio began in 1294 and while initially it was built as a 'palace-fortress', it now houses some wonderful pieces of art. In the piazza there is also the Loggia dei Lanza (to the right of Palazzo Vecchio) which has some beautiful sculptures in it, including Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus. Also a stunning feature in the piazza is the fountain, Fontana del Biacone (The Neptune Fountain) created by Bartolomeo Ammannati (finished in 1575).
Piazza della Signoria was especially nice in the evening when the sun was going down. I sat on the steps of the Loggia dei Lanza one evening, eating gelato in the warm summer air, there were many people in the piazza and it had a great atmosphere.
Address: Piazza della Signoria
Directions: If coming from the Duomo, go straight down Via de Calzaiuoli, it will lead into the piazza.
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