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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.

There are loads of ways to enjoy this place. Here's a list of things you can do at Piazza della Signoria:

If you're looking for more options, peruse our Florence things to do page.


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Grand Hotel Cavour ¥9,489
Grand Hotel Cavour

Grand Hotel Cavour

Via Del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Duomo, this family-friendly Florence hotel is steps from Badia Fiorentina and Bargello. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Florence Campo Di Marte Station is 23 minutes.

    Maxim Axial ¥5,354
    Maxim Axial

    Maxim Axial

    Via Dei Calzaiuoli 11, Florence, FI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 11 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

      Hotel Spadai ¥10,503
      Hotel Spadai

      Hotel Spadai

      Via dei Martelli, 10, Florence, FI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Duomo, this spa hotel is steps from Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, and San Lorenzo Church. Piazza del Duomo and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 10 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

        Relais Piazza Signoria ¥7,852
        Relais Piazza Signoria

        Relais Piazza Signoria

        Via Vacchereccia 3, Florence, FI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Duomo, this apartment building is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 22 minutes.

          Orto De Medici Hotel ¥10,333
          Orto De Medici Hotel

          Orto De Medici Hotel

          Via San Gallo 30, Florence, FI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in San Lorenzo, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza San Marco, Statue of David, and Gallery of the Academy of Florence. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Academy of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 13 minutes by foot and Florence Statuto Station is 17 minutes.

            Aurum Firenze ¥6,383
            Aurum Firenze

            Aurum Firenze

            Via Nazionale 8/a, Florence
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Santa Maria Novella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Faenza and Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Museum. Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 5-minute walk and Porta al Prato Station is 16 minutes.

              Hotel Berchielli ¥13,731
              Hotel Berchielli

              Hotel Berchielli

              Lungarno Acciaiuoli 14, Florence, FI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Duomo, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and Uffizi Gallery. Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 14 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.

                Hotel Calimala ¥8,736
                Hotel Calimala

                Hotel Calimala

                Via Calimala 2, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes by foot and Porta al Prato Station is 21 minutes.