Piazza della Signoria, Florence

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The beating heart of the city's political life since the 14th century, photogenic Piazza della Signoria is lined by modern cafes and packed with Renaissance sculptures. This lively L-shaped square is named after the massive Romanesque fortress-palace that overlooks it. A favorite meeting place of Florentines, the square is like an open-air museum of art with its numerous statues, including a copy of Michelangelo's sculpture of David. An ornate fountain features a large figure of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. The square serves as a gateway to the Uffizi Gallery, which displays more of the city's art. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Piazza della Signoria and many more Florence attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Florence travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Square with historical buildings and statues everywhere. full of tourists who come from all over the world to admire this marvel
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  • August 18, 2017
    One of the beautiful Italy, fine dining, superb for artistic beauty and to use the phrase of others: "a picture book".
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  • August 18, 2017
    Spectacular. You move at the time when these there. You could spend hours and hours strolling and looking at the sculptures of the square. Unforgivable to not visit it if you are in the city.
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  • Wonderful spot in Florence! It is a beautiful square with several places to enjoy a nice coffee and some aperitifs. I completely understand why this is so inspiring for art students where you can see making some drawings seating around this magical place.
  • It is one of this rich historical places to visit when in Florence. It is usually quite crowded but this is part of the atmosphere visiting such places. It is great places for photos. There are various places to eat around especially for a quick bite. The sandwiches are very popular and tasty. It is not far from the river and amongst many other historical places around.
  • So, we walked from Piazzale Michelangelo for our next stop here. Really crowded, you just need to work your way for picturing, it's about art and it's history that takes you back to many many years. One of Florence landmarks, it is a cultural centre indeed. Get cultural too, admire the statues and catch you breath if you are gonna walk further up or down for more sightseeing.
  • It was very crowded. We were there in May. It was the start to the tourist season. Thousands of people. Lots of vendors. But the history is very interesting about the square and surrounding areas.
  • Absolutely loved this place. It's quieter than the other piazzas in the area and very relaxed. A very good place to sit and watch the world go by.

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Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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