While Florence is a treasure trove of world-class museums with the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, Bargello Museum and Opera del Duomo topping the crowded list, the outdoor statues and sculptures of the centuries-old city (59 BC to be exact) are just as equal in stature.
Forgo the long museum lines, enjoy the fresh air, stroll along the cobblestone streets and visit this impressive array of art and history on the streets of Florence.
Located outside the Palazzo Vecchio in the city’s historical hub known as the Piazza della Signoria, the life-sized replica of Michelangelo’s famed David statue is one of the most popular attractions. The massive marble replica has quite a powerful presence and was placed at the site in 1910. If you’d like to see the real thing, the artist’s masterpiece can be found at the Gallerie dell’Accademia where over a million visitors pay homage each year.
Hercules and Cacus
After you have snapped photos of David, catch artist Baccio Bandineli’s Hercules and Cacus at the Palazzo Vecchio. Built in 1534, the statue depicts Hercules who is known for his legendary strength in slaying dragons and sea serpents and created as a counter to the statue of David.
The Fountain of Neptune
Also situated on the Piazza della Signoria and designed by artist Bartolomeo di Ammannati is the Fountain of Neptune. An impressive tribute to the God of the Sea who is surrounded by sea nymphs, it is one of the most recognizable sites of the city.
This massive statue of the poet Dante Alighieri is located in front of the Basilica Sante Croce. Flanked by a pair of lions and made of Carrera marble, the statue was erected in 1865 to celebrate his 600th birthday and surrounded by breathtaking medieval palaces.
Abduction of the Sabine Women
Perhaps one of the most famous and best examples of Renaissance sculptures in the world and carved from a single block of stone, Giambologna’s Abduction of the Sabine Women is not to be missed.
Florence is literally filled with incredible sculptures at every turn with each one more magnificent than the next. If you visit the Uffizi Musuem, the outdoor statues between the gallery’s two wings are a virtual who’s who of the great artists of the Renaissance – Michelangelo, Alighieri, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Giotto and Da Vinci.
Known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence is also home of some of the most magnificent palaces, churches and architecture not to mention food, first-class shopping and al-fresco dining. For a visit to iconic sights such as the Giotto Bell Tower, scenic Ponte Vecchio, Piazza del Domo and the aforementioned statues, take the Highlights of Florence tour.