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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
May 5, 2011
From journal The “Cradle of the Renaissance”
July 20, 2010
St. Augustine, Florida
November 5, 2009
From journal Visiting the Piazzas of Florence
February 16, 2009
From journal A Day and a Half in Florence
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 10, 2008
From journal Florence, Birth-Place of the Renaissance
September 22, 2007
From journal The Palazzo Vecchio
May 28, 2007
From journal Arte Firenze
Mont Albert North, undefined, Australia
November 18, 2004
Michaelangelo's statue of David stood here until it was moved in 1873 (to protect it from the elements; of course, it is now "pay for view!"). A replica of the statue sits in the original position, but alas, it was covered in scaffolding when we visited (most of Europe in 2004 seemed to be covered in scaffolding -- was it the year of the scaffold?!).
Still, while walking from Piazza Santa Groce to Duomo, it is worth reflecting on the wealth of art in this Piazza.
From journal Florence - for lovers of art and shopping
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 21, 2003
Don’t get me wrong; if you come to Florence, you must see this Piazza. It is historic; Florence’s own mad monk Savonarola executed his Bonfire of the Vanities here by setting alight the trappings of Renaissance Medician wealth, the imposing 14th century Palazzo Vecchio dominates one side of the square and the Uffizi gallery runs off here too.
You will not want for a pretty café from which to watch the world go by either. Of course, some of the charm is lost when you find yourself dragging out a 5-euro mouthful of coffee over half an hour. The Blonde and I missed breakfast one morning and found ourselves spending 30 euros on an espresso, orange juice and toasted sandwich each (I figure that you have to feel ripped off at least once on holiday). As an aside, I had an espresso stood at a counter in a Piazza café the next morning and paid under a euro – remember that the caffeine fix can be taken without a chair.
Sadly, this isn’t an overly pleasant place to spend any length of time. It is packed from early morning when the crowds start arriving for the Uffizi and there’s scarcely a lull from then on.
The only reason to dwell is because the piazza is the setting of a significant chunk of the city’s statues. It is packed with classics. There’s Michelangelo’s David (a copy in the original’s place; the real one is in the Accademia) with his frighteningly large hands and squint. The Loggia dei Lanzi (an attractive porch n the rear of the Uffizi) is home to bronze Perseus proudly holding Medusa’s head aloft (Cellini clearly paid an unhealthy amount of time working on the gory bits dangling from the neck and severed body). The Rape of the Sabine Women continues the Renaissance obsession with naked muscular forms and a delight in the human form. Outside the Loggia the form continues. Duke Cosimo upon his greenish steed, Neptune and his assorted nymphs, they all make an impression.
But the setting isn’t quite right. The square has lost its authentic paving, the cafes just demand too much and the Italian obsession with graffiti creeps in too much. You’ll see some fabulous things, but I suspect you’ll find your dreamy romantic spot elsewhere.
From journal Romance, Renaissance and Restaurants - Florence
June 30, 2001
There is a copy of the David, and a wonderful statue of Perseo (Perseus holding Medusa's head) stands near the loggia. The loggia contains several sculptures, including the Rape of the Sabine Women. In March 2001, several areas in the loggia were cordoned off for restoration. ~~~~ In the middle of the piazza, the equestrian statue is of Cosimo I. ~~~~ The Piazza della Signoria is often quite crowded and it pays to watch your wallet here. There are several cafes on the edge of the square where you can eat lunch or just enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine while people-watching.
From journal FLORENCE