Dear travellers, please note that Piazza della Signoria will be one of the best places that you’ll discover during your visit of Florence. Famous for its beauty, this is one of those places that you must not avoid during your days spent exploring the Tuscan capital.
You will surely visit this historic square many times, just because this is the main square of medieval Florence, where political power has always been concentrated and where you will find some of the most important monuments of the city.
The religious center of Florence is Piazza del Duomo, where the Cathedral is located, but Piazza della Signoria is where you can visit the majestic Palazzo Vecchio, which represents the political power.
Although the story of the square dates back to Roman times, is in the following centuries that it had several changes in its configuration. Originally there were some Roman baths, and then a Christian church, but in 1268 it began to acquire the configuration that you can see today.
Undoubtedly the most important landmark of Piazza Signoria is Palazzo Vecchio, whose large tower can be seen from many places in Florence.
It was built in place of a Roman theater; this palace of justice soon became the seat of the government of the Republic of Florence.
During the visit of Palazzo Vecchio you can see amazing places like the Hall of the Five Hundred, Michelangelo’s sculptures or the rich decorations of the monumental halls.
At the end of the tour of Palazzo Vecchio, just in front of the building you will see some sculptures, among which there is a copy of Michelangelo’s David, installed here in 1910, when the original work was taken away and located inside the Museum of Academy Gallery, where it can be seen today.
Loggia de Lanzi
The Loggia de Lanzi was built in 1392. This covered space located in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria is now a place where many sculptures are exposed outdoors.
In this place you can see, for example, the sculpture of Perseus with the head of Medusa, a bronze work by Benvenuto Cellini. You can really breathe a timeless charm wandering around here, alone or with an expert guide like the most famous in town: Paola, the owner of Guided Florence Tours; she’ll let you discover a place where admire the beauty, but also to indulge in a well-deserved moment of peace.
Other places not to be missed
Not far, you can see the beautiful Fountain of Neptune, built in 1565. Did you know that it was the first public fountain in Florence?
Next you will see one of the greatest statues of Piazza Signoria, dedicated to Cosimo I, built in 1594.
But not only art and history: in Piazza Signoria you will find many shops where you could buy symbolic city souvenirs or eat something typical together with your loved ones.