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Piazza della Signoria - Uffizi Florence Video
Civil Wars that shaped the city – Piazza della Signoria and the political side of Florence
Carrying on towards the spiritual heart of Florence, where lies Santa Maria del Fiore Dome, you'll find yourself in PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA, the ancient city political centre. This square his dipped in the history of the war between Guelphs, supporting the Papal party, and Ghibellines, supporting the Holy Roman emperor: its characteristic L shape is due to the demolition of 36 Ghibelline houses. Florence has been often shaped by civil wars, nowadays staged by calcio in costume, a cruel sport battle (similar to rugby) between ancient quarters of Florence.
In Piazza della Signoria you rest in front of an en-plain air museum: Loggia dei Lanzi houses under it's tardo-Gothic arches 15 statues. In front of Palazzo Vecchio, the most important historic government building in Florence, you can find a copy of Michelangelo's David and the Ammanniti's Fountain representing Neptune. Florentine call it affectionately “Biancone” (big white) for its pale colour...
The Uffizi Gallery – the walk of the Princes
The true symbol of l’art pour l'art in Florence is the UFFIZI GALLERY, on the east side of Piazza della Signoria. This is the Francesco I de Medici private spot, where he could take a walk surrounded by paintings, sculptures and tapestries: this galley is made of the boundless treasures of the Medici family, giving shelter to masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo...a never-ending artistic charm, suspended in front of the Arno river.
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