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Picture yourself in Florence Italy at Ammanati’s Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria

Fountain of Neptune at mid-day. Image via Wikipedia

Bartolomeo Ammanati’s Fountain of Neptune (1575) is located in the Piazza della Signoria.

Image result for piazza della signoria florenceIt is my favorite fountain in Florence and it depicts the Roman god of the sea surrounded by water nymphs;  built to commemorate Tuscan naval victories.  The face of the large figure of Neptune bears a resemblance to Cosimo I. It’s on the Left side of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Ammanati worked for Duke Cosimo I and served as an architect on the Pitti Palace.

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Neptune in Florence

Beneath the statue there is a coach drawn by seahorses.

Ammanati's Neptune in Florence 

The edge of the fountain is surrounded by bronze figures of Naiads, Tritons and Satyrs.

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Ammanati's Fountain in Florence 

The lion at the base of the statue represents the Florentine Republic.

Piazza della Signoria Fountain in Florence Italy

Piazza della Signoria  is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

The Signoria of Florence, was the ruling body of the Republic of Florence.

Take time to explore the sculptures in the  Loggia dei Lanzi with wide arches that rest on  Corinthian capitals. It’s located on the right side of the  Palazzo Vecchio.

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It is known as dei Lanzi after the Lansquenets guards (an abbreviation of the German word “Landsknecht”) whom Cosimo I de Medici stationed his troop of Swiss German Landsknechts, which were called in Italian Lanzichenecchi or Lanzi.  The guards’ arrival in Florence in 1541 was one of the ways in which Cosimo I demonstrated his loyalty to the Habsburg Emperor Charles V; many years before he became Duke of Florence.

Alabarda 1575 ca. acciaio, legno Musei del Bargello, Firenze

The lancers played a crucial role in the context of the Medici court for almost two hundred years, until 1738. The guard’s chief function was to protect the sovereign and his closest relatives. They appear in almost every event involving the sovereign and are easily recognized by their elaborate costumes and armed with their iconic weapon, the halberd.

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On the outside, above the pillars are niches with semi circular lobes with the virtues.

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The graceful Loggia dei Lanzi, functions as an open-air sculpture gallery. It was designed by Orcagna in 1376 and built by Benci di Cione and Simone di Francesco Talenti between 1376 and 1382 as a place for the Signoria to hold public ceremonies.

The marble statue of Perseo holding Medusa’s head, by Benvenuto Cellini (1554), is a stark reminder of what happened to those who crossed the Medici.

Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines is another beautiful sculpture found under the arches of the Loggia dei Lanzi.

Find this helpful diagram; it explains the sculptures in the Loggia.


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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy. Follow my blog at vinoconvistablog.me 

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