November 18, 2011
From the Cathedral we walked along some narrow streets and ended at the Plazza della Signoria. This is one of the most famous plazas in Florence. This plaza has the Palazzo Vecchio (old palace) with its Giotto Bell Tower, the Loggia dei Lanzi (open air museum) as well as the bronze equestrian statue of Cosimo I” by Giambologna and the Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati.
The open air museum displays a collection of famous statues, to include “The Medici Lions”, “The Rape of the Sabine Women” the “Rape of Polyxena”, “Menelaus with the body of Patroclus”, “Hercules and Cacus”, “Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus” and a replica of the Michelangelo’s statue David.
I could have spent a day in this plaza going through the museum in the Palazza Vecchio and spending time learning about each statue. Unfortunately, the tour was moving on and I had about 15 minutes to capture these images. You really need 4 or 5 days in Florence to see everything you might want to experience.
At the end of the post (in the gallery) are a few of the statues that are located in the niches along the Piazza degli Uffizi – the gateway to the Uffizi Gallery which we did not have time to visit. We walked along this courtyard on our way to Piazza de Santa Croce and the Franciscan Basilica.
THE COMPLETE GALLERY