Piazza della Signoria

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Why the
Piazza della Signoria
in Florence is special

Besides being the historical political heart of Florence, the L-shaped Piazza della Signoria is especially renowned for two attractions:

Logia dei Lanzi

Palazzo Vecchio

Piazza della Signoria
tips & insights

Logia dei Lanzi

The Logia is the covered arched outdoor structure on the right side of the photo. Famous sculptures (some originals, some copies) populate it and the adjoining piazza. The famous artworks include Cellini's "Perseus" and Giambologna's "The Rape of the Sabine Women". There's a replica of Michelangelo's David in the open-air piazza (the original statue once stood here),

Palazzo Vecchio

This building's bell tower (see photo) has long been one of Florence's prominent skyline icons. The Palazzo Vecchio's office space has been an integral part of local government for centuries. Today, it houses the city council. Some areas, including the courtyard, are open to the public and are worth exploring. The Palazzo Vecchio is also properly called the Palazzo della Signoria, from which the Piazza della Signoria got its name.

Piazza della Signoria
tourism draws

Outdoor cafes and restaurants line parts of the piazza. Visitors relish these settings for leisurely meals while the people watch and take the weight of their tired feet.

A plaque marks the spot where the famous friar, reformer and Vatican-decreed heretic Savonarolawas burned at the stake as a heretic in 1498.

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