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Loggia dei Lanzi

Beloved since the 14th century for its superb arches, the Loggia is today an open-air museum of Renaissance sculpture.

TravelCurious Tip

There is a replica of Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ just by the Loggia dei Lanzi, but to see the real thing you need to visit the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze

Set just off the piazza della Signoria, the Loggia dei Lanzi is an outdoor museum that holds some of Florence’s most treasured sculptures and fountains. It owes its name to the Lanzichenecchi bodyguards of Cosimo I who were often stationed here to keep the peace. This Swiss mercenary corps subsequently became notorious for sacking Rome in 1527, but the Loggia kept its name.


Designed by Simone Talenti in the 1300s, the Loggia is of the late Gothic style. However, its use of round arches also makes it one of the first examples of Renaissance architecture in Florence. At the time of building the terrace above it was intended as a place for people to watch ceremonies in the piazza below. Now it is part of the Uffizi Gallery, but it remains a great spot for watching the crowds below.


Head to Head

The Loggia first became an outdoor museum when the Florentines expelled the Medici in 1494, after 150 years of their rule. To celebrate the revolt, citizens transported Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes to the Loggia from the Medici’s palace. It depicts a woman decapitating a tyrant — the symbolism is clear.


The Medici’s inevitably regained power and Cosimo I commisioned Benvenuto Cellini to make a sculpture of Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa. In 1554 this statue was placed in the Loggia as a warning to Cosimo’s enemies.


Pantheon

Today, many other statues stand alongside Perseus. Don’t miss Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women, Agnolo Gaddi’s Seven Virtues, or the restored Roman statue depicting Menelaus and Patroclus from Greek mythology.

Nearby Attractions

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Palazzo Vecchio
The city’s magnificent town hall was first built in 1299, and has seen many different names and uses over its history.
Piazza della Signoria
Overlooked by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi, this square is one of the city’s focal points.
Uffizi Gallery
A magnificent 16th century building housing one of the world's foremost collections of Primitive and Renaissance art.
Birth of Venus
An iconic painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, depicting Venus arriving at the shore after her birth.
The Tribune
Innovative space holding a collection of Renaissance masterpieces.
Annunciation
Painting by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, dating from circa 1472–1475.

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Florence in a Day: Private Walking Tour
This 6-hour walking tour is perfect for art enthusiasts and culture vultures, giving you the knowledge and time to explore Florence with a local, professional expert. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy a full-day walking tour of Florence with a private guide.
  • See the city’s highlights, including the Uffizi Gallery buildings (external), the Piazza della Repubblica, and Ponte Vecchio.
  • Visit the Oltrarno neighbourhood, visited by few travellers but beloved by locals.
  • See the Pitti PalaceBasilica di Santa Croce and the church of Santo Spirito.
  • Your guide will take you for a delicious gelato on us!
  • As a note: your guide will endeavour to take you to the Duomo of Florence. However, it does not offer skip-the-line entrance. If you’re unable to visit on the tour because of the queue, your guide will advise you on the best way to return and see the cathedral! 

On your walking day tour, your guide is there to adapt to whatever you may want to see! Feel free to ask the guide to take you to sites not mentioned, if time and tickets allow, You will have the chance to see the Piazza del Duomo, where you will explore the superb Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry of St John. You will venture inside the unique Duomo- famous for Brunelleschi’s Dome, which took 140 years to complete. Look out for the octagonal Baptistry, built over 70 years and named after the Saint Protector of Florence- San Giovanni. 

You will also visit the antique Florentine Quarter where the talented Dante Alighieri used to live. You will pay a visit to Piazza della Signoria, where you may find yourself captivated by the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi. Originally the seat of power for the ruling elite of the Republic of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio is now the town hall and a symbol of the Tuscan capital. Built in the 14th century, the charming Loggia dei Lanzi is a masterpiece of Florentine Renaissance architecture and now hosts remarkable Renaissance sculptures.

A short walk on and you will also pass the celebrated Uffizi Gallery, home to some wonderful creations by the Italian Renaissance greats of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and many others. The world-famous medieval bridge Ponte Vecchio is well worth a visit with its many quaint craft shops selling small souvenirs, lovely jewellery and beautiful paintings. 

After crossing the Ponte Vecchio, you will have the opportunity to stroll by the 15th century Palazzo Pitti, which always hosts several museums and rotating exhibitions. Its sublime Boboli Gardens are some of the grandest open-air museums Italy has to offer, boasting wonderful sculptures, picturesque fountains and magical grottos.

Your tour also includes a quick visit to the Church of Santo Spirito. Initially drafted by the immensely talented Brunelleschi; it was finally completed years after his death in the late 15th century. 

Your tour finishes in the Oltrarno neighbourhood, filled with artisans and perfect for spending an afternoon shopping for wonderful artwork and treasures to bring back from Florence. Your guide will happily give you recommendations on how to spend the rest of your day, including where to grab dinner. 
Florence in a Day: Private Walking Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Tickets
Explore the best of Renaissance Florence in just a single day on a private tour, with skip-the-line tickets included to the city’s highlights. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of a private tour guide, ideal for Florence visitors short on time.
  • Walk across Ponte Vecchio, the famous old bridge.
  • Enjoy a skip-the-line tour of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, with an art-expert guide (tickets included).
  • Hear about the tales of Renaissance artists such as Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • See the famous Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and Caravaggio’s Bacchus.
  • See the famous 'Birth of Venus' and the Leonardo Room.
  • Break for lunch. Your guide will recommend the perfect spot for a bite to eat (not included in the price).
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Florence City Highlights, including Piazza della SignoriaPalazzo VecchioPiazza Della Repubblica, and of course the famed Duomo and its Baptistry
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the Galleria dell'Accademia to admire Michelangelo's sculpture of David, and the "slaves".
  • Finish inside the Accademia Gallery, where you are free to continue exploring at your own leisure
  • Please note that the Duomo of Florence does not offer skip-the-line tickets and a long line often forms at the entrance. If the line is too long you will not visit the interior of the Cathedral on tour, and your guide will give you tips on the best time to return to avoid standing in line. 

Located in the very heart of Tuscany, in a basin crossed by the Arno River, the magnificent city of Florence stands as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, filled with historical relics and artistic masterpieces by the greatest masters of Humanism and the Renaissance. You can read it in Dante, see it in Michelangelo, or just be engulfed by it when you walk into a church. 

Begin your day in the impressive Uffizi Gallery, one of the largest museums in the Western world, holding over 3,000 works of notable artists. The Museum complex is deeply bound to the history of the city and the House of Medici and echoes the splendour of a whole era. Masterpieces by Giotto, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca and Botticelli are waiting for you, along with the most recent Caravaggio, Tiziano and Tintoretto and the stunning Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi.

After, the walking portion of your tour highlights key Renaissance sites and masterpieces,  including the chance to see the Duomo Duomo and its impressive dome designed by Brunelleschi, and the Baptistery of Saint John, one of the oldest buildings in Florence. You will also visit the political centre, and enjoy a pleasant stroll through Piazza Della Signoria, surrounded by its ancient buildings and the Loggia Dei Lanzi. 

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the prestigious Accademia Gallery, where you will enjoy skip-the-line tickets to the museum, and explore stunning artwork, including Michelangelo's David. After an hour, your guide will leave you to explore the gallery at your own leisure. 

The Best of Florence Private Walking Tour
This half-day tour walking tour of Florence is the perfect tour for anyone arriving in Florence for the first time. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the comfort of a private guide escorting you throughout your tour. 
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s highlights, including the Duomo, the buildings of the Uffizi Galleries, and Palazzo Vecchio. 
  • Watch the slow-moving silvery Arno River from the Ponte Vecchio.
  • Learn about Italian leatherwork, and discover the best places to shop in the city.
  • Finish your tour with a classic Italian gelato on us. 
  • Note: we recommend booking an evening tour to best see the city come alive with lights and locals. 

Discover the highlights of Florence and follow an expert and entertaining guide to the most significant places through the historical centre and learn about the amazing history of the city from the time it was the capital of the Renaissance to the time it became the capital of early unified Italy. 

First, you will see the religious centre of the city: admire the Duomo, whose impressive Dome was designed by Brunelleschi, and the Baptistery of Saint John, one of the oldest buildings in Florence. 

From the religious centre, you will walk to the political centre, and enjoy a pleasant stroll through Piazza Della Signoria, surrounded by its ancient buildings and the Loggia Dei Lanzi. In this open-air museum, we will see original masterpieces by Giambologna and Cellini. From there, you'll cross the famous Ponte Vecchio, the medieval bridge on the Arno River. Your tour finishes with a delicious gelato (on us!) before your guide leaves you with recommendations for how to spend the remainder of your day.  

We recommend booking an evening tour, where you can see the soft, golden sunset of the Tuscan hills and the changing colours of the sky which add an otherworldly beauty to the city. 

Please note that the Duomo of Florence does not offer skip-the-line tickets and a long line often forms at the entrance. If the line is too long you will not visit the interior of the Cathedral on tour, and your guide will give you tips on the best time to return to avoid standing in line. 

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