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Piazza della Signoria

This lively square is home to Michelangelo’s David, as well as numerous cafés, the world-famous Uffizi and an outdoor sculpture gallery.

Take a seat at an outside table in one of the Piazza della Signoria’s many cafés and restaurants. Watch the crowds jostle as they have for over seven centuries in the town’s political and civic center. Flamboyant street performers, milling tourists and busy locals move about this L-shaped town square in front of some of Florence’s most famous buildings.

The construction of the Palazzo Vecchio in 1302 established the piazza as the hub of Florentine life that it is today. The palazzo is still the main town hall in Florence. Public votes, riots and executions have all taken place here under the stern eye of the replica of Michelangelo’s David that stands before the doors. The original statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia) in 1873.

Wander around the open-air sculpture gallery beneath the three wide arches of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Many of the statues here are replicas. The originals have been moved to various museums, but you’ll find the replicas none-the-less impressive. The towering bronze Perseus by the sculptor Cellini holds the head of a Medusa, daring people to cross the Medici family, while the two marble Medici lions further emphasize the power this family once held.

Pause for a moment beside Ammannati’s Fountain of Neptune, commissioned to celebrate Florence’s maritime achievements. Look down to find the bronze plaque commemorating puritanical friar Savonarola, who was executed here in 1498.

The Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), with its seemingly ever-present lines of tourists waiting to see the works of Botticelli, da Vinci and others, is a highlight of the piazza. A number of other palaces such as the Palazzo Ugoccioni and the Palazzo dei Buonaguisi add to the square’s grand ambience.

The Piazza della Signoria is a vibrant and bustling location at any time. Entry is unrestricted 24 hours a day.


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Hotel Laurus al Duomo

Via Cerretani, 54r, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Tornabuoni and Medici Chapels. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 6 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 19 minutes.

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    Palazzo Alfieri Residenza d’epoca – Alfieri Collezione

    Lungarno Corsini 2, Florence, FI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Duomo, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Via de' Tornabuoni and Ponte Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria and Uffizi Gallery are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 18 minutes.

      NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa ¥21,752
      NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa

      NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa

      Via Porta Rossa 19, Florence, FI
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Duomo, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Accademia delle Arti del Disegno and Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 11 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 19 minutes.

        Novella House ¥5,470
        Novella House

        Novella House

        Via del Porcellana 53, Florence, Firenze
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Santa Maria Novella, this townhouse accommodation is steps from Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Medici Chapels are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 7 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 13 minutes.

          Hotel Costantini ¥5,788
          Hotel Costantini

          Hotel Costantini

          Via Calzaiuoli 13, Florence, FI
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.

            Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection ¥30,570
            Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection

            Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection

            Borgo San Jacopo 14, Florence, FI
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Florence hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Via Maggio and Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace and Piazza della Signoria are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 15 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.

              TSH Florence Lavagnini ¥9,742
              TSH Florence Lavagnini

              TSH Florence Lavagnini

              Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70 72, Florence
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in San Lorenzo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gallery of the Academy of Florence and Florence Baptistery. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria are also within 1 mi (2 km). Florence Statuto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes.

                Zip b&b in Florence ¥16,629
                Zip b&b in Florence

                Zip b&b in Florence

                Via Sant'Antonino 1, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Santa Maria Novella, this bed & breakfast is steps from Via Faenza, Medici Chapels, and Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 4-minute walk and Porta al Prato Station is 15 minutes.