NileGuide Expert Says:
"Neptune Fountain was not well-liked by most Florentines when it was first displayed."
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
NileGuide Expert tip:
"Nothing compares to sitting and people watching at a nearby restaurant or bar. Let the culture soak into your soul."
At the end of Via dei Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria welcomes you into it's arms. This 13th century piazza houses the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, and the replica of the David by Michelangelo. Daily tourist groups travel to and fro, capturing photos of every inch of Piazza della Signoria. As a common meeting place for locals, there is much history jammed into this L-shaped meeting point. The Fountain of Neptune sits right in front of the very spot Girolamo Savonrola was burned at the stake for burning some of Florence's best art and literature. Thus after the Palazzo Vecchio was constructed it grew as the political center for Florence. Piazza della Signoria is lined with cafes, restaurants and gelaterias. Enjoy a late afternoon beer or a evening walk through this mesmerizing Piazza della Signoria.