The medieval square is ringed by a spectrum of the most historical buildings and statues in Florence, Italy. The L-shaped Piazza echoes with the spine-chilling stories about the Ghibellines and the Guelphs who burnt down the houses on the side of the square, never to be built again. Survey a colorful open-air museum from your window. You can see the Piazza degli Uffizi which stretches on the south towards the River Arno. Look down at the Piazza Signoria, which gets it name from the Palazzo della Signoria that was earlier known as Palazzo dei Priori and later Palazzo Vecchio, the old home of the Medicis.
Explore the pietra serena paved 800 year old Piazza della Signoria to the Courtyard of Honour and take a slow walk through Via dei Georgofili. Come down from your apartment in Palazzo Ristori and waft on the aroma that floats from the Piazza della Signoria, Florence. You will find yourself in the Caffe Pasticceria, Rivoire, which is a café, confectionery and a chocolate factory. Let your taste buds explore a range of the much-sought after chocolates in Florence, Italy. The old Square comes alive to the sound of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino which is held during the month of May. The Maggio festival has hosted absolutely fantastic concerts, operas and musical performances, including Puccini’s ‘Turandot’, conducted by the famous Zubin Mehta. As the night lights sparkle across the ancient Piazza della Signoria, walk into any one of its bistros, bars or restaurants and sample the delicacies of an ancient heritage. Let the serenade of a thousand sights and sounds take you back to the peaceful ambience of your apartment in Florence, Italy.
Take a walk around the Piazza della Signoria, Florence and stop off at the gazebo-like Loggia dei Lanzi, with its Gothic architecture and ancient statues which include Benvenuto Cellini’s Perseus holding up the head of Medusa. Stand in the Piazza della Signoria, near your Palazzo Ristori apartment and look up at the powerful equestrian statue of Cosimo 1. Close to the statue of Cosimo, you will find a round marble plaque which marks the spot where Fra Girolamo Savonarola was burnt at the stake. Stroll down this unique Square to Palazzo Vecchio and see the replica of Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ and a replica of Bandinelli’s ‘Hercules and Cacus’, as symbols of the triumph of the Medicis over their enemies. On your left, you will see the famous ‘Marzocco’ and ‘Judith and Holfernes’ by Donatello and a host of celebrated sculptures.
Feel the ambience of strength and triumph pouring from the waters of the 8-sided Fountain of Neptune sculpted by the master craftsman, Ammannati. The awesome statue of Neptune as the civic protector reflects Cosimo’s power, towering above as he stands on a sea-shell chariot reined with four horses rising out of the water, with a baton in his hand. Discover treasures at the Uffizi Art Gallery and the Loggia of the Uffizi near the Arno. Let the setting rays take you to Number 5 on the Square to view the Alberto della Ragione collection of 250 paintings which was donated to the City Council by this Genoan collector.