The Palazzo is also called Palazzo Vecchio. To this day the Piazza is the focal point as well as the political hub of the city, and is still the meeting place for Florentines as well as the numerous tourists. The square is shared by the impressive 14th century Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the 1359 Palace of the Tribunale della Mercanzia which is now the Bureau of Agriculture, the 16th century Uguccioni Palace and the 1871 Palace of the Assicurazioni Generali.
This ‘must-visit-when-in-Florence-piazza’ is an open-air museum with numerous eye-catching statues. These include a copy of David (the original by Michelangelo is being kept at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts); ‘Perseus with the Head of Medusa’ by Cellini (1554); ‘Hercules and Cacus’ by Bandinelli (1533); ‘Judith and Holofernes’ by Donatello (copy); ‘The Lion’ referred to as ‘il Marzocco’; a copy of the ‘Florentine Lily’ originally made by Donatello (copy); the Fountain of Neptune by Ammannati (1575) and the ‘bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I’ by Giambologna (1594).
Address: Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze, Italy
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