11/43.- Florence, Piazza
della Signoria, Neptune Fountain
We can admire here the Neptune fountain, a work of Ammannati.
In 1497 the religious leader and social critic Savonarola convinced
Florentines to light the Bonfire of the Vanities in this square and
burn some of Florence's best art. A year later, the same citizens
of Florence burned Savonarola in one of these bonfires.
The Medici 'Segnoria' came to an end in 1737. Florence was part
of the Duchy of Lorena till 1865 when it joined the Italian Unity.
Florence was the capital of this reign till 1871.
Since the beginning
of the 20th century Florence has been a tourist
attraction. Visitors from all over the globe come to this
city to see the traces the Renaissance artists left
throughout the city.