Fodor's Expert Review Piazza della Signoria

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Here, in 1497 and in 1498, the famous "bonfire of the vanities" took place, when the fanatical Dominican friar Savonarola induced his followers to hurl their worldly goods into the flames; it was also here, a year later, that he was hanged as a heretic and, ironically, burned. A plaque in the piazza pavement marks the spot of his execution. Cellini's famous bronze Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa is among the most important sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi. Other works include The Rape of the Sabine and Hercules and the Centaur, both late-16th-century works by Giambologna (1529–1608). In the square, the Neptune Fountain, created between 1550 and 1575 by Bartolomeo Ammannati, dominates. The Florentines call it il Biancone, which may be translated as "the big white man" or "the big white lump." Giambologna's equestrian statue, to the left of the fountain, portrays Grand Duke Cosimo I. Occupying the steps of the Palazzo Vecchio is a copy of Michelangelo's... READ MORE

Here, in 1497 and in 1498, the famous "bonfire of the vanities" took place, when the fanatical Dominican friar Savonarola induced his followers to hurl their worldly goods into the flames; it was also here, a year later, that he was hanged as a heretic and, ironically, burned. A plaque in the piazza pavement marks the spot of his execution. Cellini's famous bronze Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa is among the most important sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi. Other works include The Rape of the Sabine and Hercules and the Centaur, both late-16th-century works by Giambologna (1529–1608). In the square, the Neptune Fountain, created between 1550 and 1575 by Bartolomeo Ammannati, dominates. The Florentines call it il Biancone, which may be translated as "the big white man" or "the big white lump." Giambologna's equestrian statue, to the left of the fountain, portrays Grand Duke Cosimo I. Occupying the steps of the Palazzo Vecchio is a copy of Michelangelo's David, as well as Baccio Bandinelli's Hercules.

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Florence, Tuscany  Italy

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