Past Italia: Piazza della Signoria

Florence’s Piazza della Signoria is named after its palazzo, which is now also known as the Palazzo Vecchio

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Piazza della Signoria, Florence

The Duomo may be the more famous Florence landmark, but the Piazza della Signoria has at least as much historical importance to the city. The Signoria was the government of Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance, and this was their seat; large and imposing, and built to withstand military assault. Here the nine men of the Signoria would live together for the two months of their tenure, emerging only to put their proposals to the throng gathered in the square. Here too, Cosimo de’ Medici was once imprisoned, able only to watch the plebiscite from the window of his cell.

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