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Piazza della Signoria - the political heart of Florence

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Since Medieval times this has been the political heart of Florence. The square owes its original form to the Gulephs who, at the end of the 13th century, on regaining control of the city, destroyed the houses of the Ghibellines, beginning with the towers of Foraboschi and Uberti.
The square is a veritable open air museum, a stage on which the statues act out the most important artistic events in the city's history.

On the South side of the square, in front of Palazzo Vecchio, is the Piazzale of the Uffizi, bordered by the Loggia dei Lanzi (1376-82), designed by Orcagna and finished by his brother in 1382. The Loggia was named "dei Lanzi" after Cosimo I's bodyguards, the Lanzichenecchi. Under the late Gothic vaults of the loggia are 15 statues some of which are copies.

Here you find the extraordinary Perseus holding the head of Medusa, by Benvenuto Cellini. Another famous statue is the Rape of the Sabines, the dynamic statue by Giambologna (1583). This statue was sculpted from a single block of marble. The work is thought to be the first group of European sculpture created so as to be seen perfectly from all sides.

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Florence & the David: the Itinerary

This itinerary will let you discover the town’s best known treasures such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the squares, the monuments, the Old Bridge. Explore the town center from an extraordinary perspective. An excellent and complete introductory tour – with guaranteed departure – dedicated to those who want to know all the facts and secrets of two thousands years of Florentine history.
The tour will continue with the visit of the Academy. See Michelangelo’s famous David and the unfinished “Prisoners”. Included is a detailed introduction to Michelangelo’s life and his extraordinary era.

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Italy Travels tour guides staff is represented by licensed guides of great experience and high level of professionalism, competence and excellence on their job. All Italy Travels guides are authorized by the provincial administration of Florence and most of them are art historians and teachers in art subjects.

All regular tours organized by Italy Travels always include pre-reserved museum tickets when museum tours are included in the tour itinerary. In this way visitors avoid waisting time waiting in line in front of museums ticket offices.

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