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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 Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio £61
Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Borgo S.Jacopo, 3/r, Florence, FI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oltrarno, this hotel is steps away from Vasari Corridor and Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace and Uffizi Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 16 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 23 minutes.

    Hotel Laurus al Duomo £61
    Hotel Laurus al Duomo

    Hotel Laurus al Duomo

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

      Located in Duomo, this hotel is steps away 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 Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 19 minutes.

      Hotel Calimala £124
      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 away from Via de' Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 12 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 21 minutes.

        Hotel Lungarno - Lungarno Collection £278
        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 away 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 Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 22 minutes.

          7Florence B&B £53
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          7Florence B&B

          Piazza Della Stazione 3, Florence
             
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            Located in Santa Maria Novella, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Via Faenza, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and Medici Chapels. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Fortezza da Basso are also within 10 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is only a 3-minute walk and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 14 minutes.

            NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa £149
            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 Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 19 minutes.

              San Firenze Suites & Spa £169
              San Firenze Suites & Spa

              San Firenze Suites & Spa

              Piazza di San Firenze, 3/A, Florence, FI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Duomo, this romantic hotel is steps away from Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Uffizi Gallery and Piazza del Duomo are also within 5 minutes. Florence Santa Maria Novella Station is 15 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 24 minutes.

                Grand Hotel Minerva £163
                Grand Hotel Minerva

                Grand Hotel Minerva

                Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, Florence, FI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Santa Maria Novella, this romantic hotel is steps away 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 8 minutes by foot and Stazione Porta al Prado, Florence, Italy is 15 minutes.