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“Pretty neat”
Review of Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi
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Owner description: This outdoor museum space is a peaceful place to rest your weary feet after a long day of sight seeing. Admire some of Florence's most iconic original sculptures from Cellini's "Perseus" to Giambologna's "Rape of the Sabines."
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“Pretty neat”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

I guess it was ok, although I wouldn't go again just kind of look at it from afar. Would rather spend my time sitting at the piazza people watching.

Visited April 2013
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“Brilliant statuary, all free!”
Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

Amazing statues, including 2 of my favourites (Perseus and Rape of the Sabiens), just outside, for everyone. I'm always amazed how well they are holding up. Well worth the stop. Also, since it has no closing time, you can even stop by in the evening for a look.

Visited February 2014
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“take it all in!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

this is such a refreshing break from the stuffy museums - there's nothing like an open-air experience where you can sit amongst these amazing sculptures and enjoy a gelatto or people watch. there is no "best time" to go, it's enjoyable at all hours of the day and the statues will affect you differently each time you observe!

Visited February 2014
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“Magnificent 400+ year old statues - and free!”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

It's got a great history but as far as the modern tourist is concerned you have brilliant sculptures, open for inspection 24 hours a day.
Set aside some time to sit and view the statues.

Each night, I'd sit in the Loggia and listen to the buskers for hours. It's a great experience; not to be missed.

There's is a great bronze sculpture of Perseus holding the head of Medusa an also one of the best marble statues in the world; the Rape of the Sabines,

Cross the Piazza della Signoria and see one of the world's best spots (in the shadow of the Palazzo Vecchio and under the Uffizzi)

Visited September 2013
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“Open Air Sculpture Museum”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

The Loggia is a roofed stone building with open walls on two sides. It's in the southeast corner of the Piazza della Signoria, Florence's main square. Just past it on the east end is the Uffizi, the major art museum in the city.

Under the roof of the Loggia are several marble statues. The steps are flanked by carved lions, one of the symbols of Florence. There is one statue of the "Rape of the Sabine Women," by Giambologna. Another is a statue of "Hercules Defeating the Centaur Nessus," by the same artist. Another group statue is "Menelaus Holding the Body of Petroclus," a familiar story to anyone who has read The Iliad or knows the tale of the Trojan War. Nobody really knows who carved it. Then there is another group work of "The Rape of Polyxena," by Pio Fedi, which is a much younger statue from the mid-1800's. Behind these works are five statues of female figures which are unattributed.

My personal favorite is the bronze statue of "Perseus Holding the Head of Medusa," which stands just outside the entry stairs under the overhanging roof. It was made by Benvenuto Cellini. Perseus has just cut off her head and is holding it aloft, careful not to look at it and be turned to stone. Even the base of the statue is beautifully carved. There is a fascinating story about its creation which you can read in Cellini's excellent autobiography. The statue is so large and so complex that everyone told him it couldn't be done in a single piece, so naturally he did it (mostly-- there was a tiny problem with a few toes, but he fixed that) ! He was an egomaniac, but he was so talented and writes with such wit that it makes for a great read. There's also a bust of Cellini in the center of the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) on the downstream side.

The Loggia is not only worth a visit in order to see the art, but it's also a good place to rest out of the sun, or sit on the steps, or get out of the rain. It's an excellent place to arrange to meet others should your group decide that everyone wants to split up for a time. It's a central location, easy to find, and from which it's easy to see your friends approaching.

One more short note: If you walk directly away from the front of the Perseus for a few yards you might notice a round plaque on the ground. That marks the spot where the monk Girolamo Savonarola, who once "ruled" Florence, had all the items of beauty in the city (all he could find, that is) confiscated -- mirrors, art, sculpture, hair brushes, jewelry, etc., etc.-- piled up and burned, calling it "The Bonfire of the Vanities." Later he was accused of heresy and blasphemy by the Pope and was eventually garroted and then burned on the same spot.

See! History IS interesting! And Florence is FILLED with these stories. This is one of the world's greatest cities and you won't regret any time spent there.

Visited August 2013
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