Neptune: A restoration work which has been transformed in an open air museum in Piazza della Signoria.
In 1559 Cosimo I de Medici opened a competition to create the first public fountain of Florence. Some of the XVI century most illustrious florentine sculptors took part in it: Benvenuto Cellini, Baccio Bandinelli, Vincenzo Danti, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giambologna. Ammannati’s Neptune, considered the real allegory of the maritime florentine power, was preferred to the other works.
Today a 92 meter long boardwalk runs around the fountain erected in 1575 with transparent walls and architectural barrier-free design.
At 3 meters height from the ground you almost get to touch Neptune with a breathtaking view on the square.
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