PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA: THE SPLENDOR AGE OF RENAISSANCE
When you find yourself in Piazza della Signoria your eyes will be spoilt for where to look at and you may get a little dazed at the view between Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lazzi, the Fountain of Neptune and the highly anticipated David of Michelangelo. You have been waiting to see “him” since you booked your vacation in the Tuscan capital. The David is the sculpture of the biblical hero representing the people defeating tyranny (Goliath) and it was placed in the Piazza to become the symbol of Renaissance power, today it is considered one of the most beautiful artworks of all time. However, before remaining open-mouthed before this masculine beauty and prepare your smartphone for a selfie to envy, we must warn you: the David that stands in front of you is nothing but a #Fake! Fear not, the stunning work of art can be viewed at the Galleria dell’Accademia, where he is protected and guarded to be preserved for the decades to come.
Here’s a fun fact about this site:
If you take a look at the corner of Palazzo Vecchio on the side near Loggia dei Lazzi, and you carefully skim through the stones that form the masonry, you will see an engraved portrait done by nothing less than Michelangelo Buonarroti. Rumour has it that the artist was so frustrated by a man who constantly distracted him from his work that he decided to portray him. Here’s why locals call the bizarre artwork, “The Intruder.”
While you are there do not miss… the Gucci Garden
If you have a couple of hours to spare you can dive in a 360-degree experience created for you by the Maison of luxury, Gucci. Gucci Garden is located inside the historical Palazzo di Mercanzia situated on the left of Palazzo Vecchio. At Gucci Garden, you will find a boutique of unique products, an exposition gallery and an Osteria managed by the three-Michelin star chef, Massimo Bottura.