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Mercato Nuovo (New Market)

  • Market/Bazaar

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

The open-air loggia, built in 1551, teems with souvenir stands, but the real attraction is a copy of Pietro Tacca's bronze Porcellino (which translates as "little pig" despite the fact the animal is, in fact, a wild boar). The Porcellino is Florence's equivalent of the Trevi Fountain: put a coin in his mouth, and if it falls through the grate below (according to one interpretation), it means you'll return to Florence someday. What you're seeing is a copy of a copy: Tacca's original version, in the Museo Bardini, is actually a copy of an ancient Greek work.

Sight Information


Via Por Santa Maria at Via Porta Rossa, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy

Sight Details:

  • Closed Sun.

Published 06/20/2007


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