Florence, Piazza della Signoria

One of the symbols of Florence is the famous square Piazza della Signoria. It is located in the heart of the city, a few steps from Palazzo Vecchio, Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

It dates back to the Neolithic period, but it started taking shape around 1268. Later, Palazzo della Signoria, which was the seat of the municipality of the city, was built. In this way, the square became the main political center of Florence. During XVI century, Galleria degli Uffizi was built around the square, and, during the XIX century, many Renaissance buildings were added. In the center of the square the bronze equestrian monument dedicated to Cosimo I stand out. It was realized by Giambologna, in 1598.

Next to Palazzo Vecchio there is the famous Fontana di Nettuno, projected by Bartolomeo Ammannati: it was built to celebrate the construction of the new aqueduct. On the fountain there is a memorial plaque that commemorates Girolamo Savonarola, who was accused of heresy and hanged in this square.



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