"Il Biancone (Fountain of Neptune)" Fountain of Neptune - Il Biancone Tip by codrutz


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 :))

Address: Throughout the city

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Aug 22, 2006
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“"Live your dreams!"”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 8 4
Forum Rank:
0 0 5 5 7

Have you been to Florence?

  Share Your Travels