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Neptune’s Fountain

Sea god reigns in central Florence

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Neptune’s Fountain was created by Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giambologna between 1563-1565.  Right in the center of Piazza della Signoria, standing just behind the Palazzo Vecchio, you’ll find this beautiful square fountain made to commemorate the foundation of a new aqueduct. The colossal figure represents the god of the sea on a chariot drawn by four horses. He is surrounded by three young tritons and figures representing Doride Oceania with her Nereid daughter, Thetis, a marine deity. These figures strengthen the central figure, Neptune, who predominates over the other statues.

There was said to be similarity between the face of Neptune and that of Cosimo I, who was well-known for commissioning fountains as he considered them an expression of the prestige of the Grand Duchy. In front of the fountain basin, there is an engraved bronze inscription which commemorates the place where Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola, Domenico Buonvicini and Silvestro Maruffi were hung and burned at the stake in 1498. Right here every year, the anniversary of death of Savonarola is commemorated with a ceremony and ample flowers.
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If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...