"Piazza della Signoria" Piazza Della Signoria Tip by bpwillet

Piazza Della Signoria, Florence: 97 reviews and 211 photos

  Piazza della Signoria from the Duomo dome
by bpwillet

One of the historical centers of political and social life in Florence, this piazza still is a buzzing central area lined with hotels, small shops and nice cafe's. Built on ruins of 13th century homes the square's name actually derives from the palace where the government of the Republic or "signoria" was. The Palacio Vecchio is the most dominant building in the plaza and there are numerous statues that line the exteriors. It is almost like an open air museum. The piazza has been the center for many historical events. The riots of the 1300's to the Medici ceremonies, the execution of conspiratrors against Lorenzo and Giuliano in 1478, dead bodies of murderers dangled from the windows of the palace, to the hanging and burning at the stake of the Dominican monk Savonarola in 1948.

Address: Piazza della Signoria
Directions: Down Via Del Calzaiuoli towards the Arno river.
Phone: 01087284615
Website: http://www.visitflorence.com/florence-monuments/piazza-della-signoria.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 22, 2004
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