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  • Writer's picturePatricia Dyer

Loggia Della Signoria

Perseus with the Head of Medusa

  • Benvenuto Cellini (1545-54)

Florence, Italy

Loggia Della Signoria (Loggia dei Lanzi)

This famous loggia, or open air room, was originally used to hold “...public assemblies and ceremonies.” The art work here is real and of important historical significance to Florentines as well as art historians worldwide.

The Loggia is located in the Piazza Della Signoria in historic Florence. The Piazza (plaza) allows the visitor to walk around and experience beautiful Italian sculpture and architecture for free. Now that’s what I call truly Chic But Cheap Traveling!

The Rape (Abduction) of the Sabine Women

  • by Giambologna (1581-83)

Depicts a story in Roman mythology in which Roman men abducted women from neighboring towns. The word “rape” is used, but in an ancient Latin context. It refers to abduction or kidnapping, not exactly sexual assault.

Hercules and Cacus.

- by Bartolomeo Bandinelli (1525-34)

Roman mythology abound - this famous sculpture is of Hercules killing the fire-breathing giant Cacus who had been terrorizing Aventine Hill, “ of seven hills on which Ancient Rome was built.”

Neptune’s Fountain

  • by Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giambologna (1563-65)

My favorite image from Neptune's Fountain!

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