Piazza Della Signoria│We ended up at this L-shaped square in Florence, after a morning of exploring bridges, churches and intriguing Italian side streets. This square is the meeting place of both locals and tourists, located near Ponte Vecchio and Piazza del Duomo — which we blogged about last week! This area of Florence is the highlight of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic, and therefore the political hub of the city. It is well-known as one of the most significant public places in Italy, probably due to it’s cultural and museums. The incredible panoramic view of the Piazza Della Signoria, above, was taken by MatthiasKabel.
The Palazzo Vecchio is a massive fortress-palace. It overlooks the Piazza Della Signoria, and has a copy of Michelangelo’s David statue PLUS numerous statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi, It was originally called the Palazzo della Signoria, but it has also been given various other names, including, Palazzo del Popolo, Palazzo dei Priori, and Palazzo Ducale, according to the vary of uses that the palace has had during its long history.
Below are some pictures of this area of Florence, Italy.
Above, Standing in front of the the Palazzo Vecchio with the replica statue of Michelangelo’s David. Below, the replica David, and one of the statues located in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi.
The first courtyard of the the Palazzo Vecchio, pictured above and below, was designed in 1453 by Michelozzo
We walked around this courtyard for quite some times, looking at all of the images painted onto the walls and arched ceilings. The barrel vaults are furnished with grotesque decorations.
We didn’t go into the museum inside the Palazzo Vecchio – we spoke about why we didn’t do many museum in Europe in THIS POST. So after some time spent looking at the courtyards inside the Palazzo Vecchino, we continued to explore the ares surrounding this famous square.
A couple more blog posts on Florence and then we will be moving onto ROME!