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Florence - David (Detail)

Michelangelo's David (Detail)

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The Piazza della Signoria.
One of Florence's most famous Artists was Michelangelo, and arguably his best loved piece is his magnificent 'David'. This was one of my main reasons to come to Florence. The statue in Piazza della Signoria is a copy. The original is safely housed in the Galleria dell Accademia in the north of the city centre to protect it from air pollution and pigeons. We went to see him there and he was just fantastic, you can actually get quite close, but no photography is allowed.
I had to wait untill the right moment to take this photo (above), as he only gets this light for a few minutes as it comes down the narrow avenue between the two wings of the Ufizzi Gallery.
The Piazza has many more wonderful statues by famous artists. There is Cellini's bronze of 'Persius' chopping off the head of the Medusa, with all its entrails hanging down. It was being cleaned while we were there, so no photo. There is the enormous 'Neptune' fountain (below, left), and 'The Rape of the Sabine Women' (below, right), all quite violent, and all within the backdrop of the 'Plazzo Vecchio', or 'Old Palace'.

 
Florence - Neptune Fountain

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Florence - Plazzo Vecchio
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Florence - Ponte Vecchio

Another interesting place to visit is the 'Ponte Vecchio', it is one of the oldest parts of the city dating back to 1345. It was originally full of butchers, tanners & blacksmiths, but were evicted in 1593 due to the smell and the noise they made. The workshops were rebuilt and occupied by quieter and less smelly goldsmiths, and is still the centre for upmarket Jewellers.
I think the 'PonteVecchio' has been a little over romanticised, from the outside it isn't that pretty, although it must have been photographed millions of times, and within it is a little commercialised.

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Florence - Ponte Vecchio
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