"Wanting to come back ?Here the wishing wild boar!" Florence Local Custom Tip by paoseo

Florence Local Customs: 148 reviews and 207 photos

  All with the wild boar
by paoseo

Behind the Piazza Repubblica, in the centre of town, there is the Loggia del Porcellino or the Piglet's Loggia named after the bronze statue of a wild boar that brings you luck if you rub his nose, they say. Beside that is said also that throwing a coin to the fountain you wish to come back to Florence. But, pay attention!! Tradition says that the coin has to fall exactly in the cracks of the fountain!! I tried it..it's not so easy!!
The statue and the little fountain that is next to it are a copy of the ancient marble model that is hold in the Galleria degli Uffizi.
If you look at one of the columns surrounding the loggia, you will find out a door: it was the entrance to the stairs leading to the bargaining room, in the roof of the loggia. If you look at it carefully, you will find some of the windows

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  • Updated Feb 19, 2006
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