Porcellino, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Porcellino meaning ‘the little pig’, is a bronze fountain decoration that eats the coins of visitors who come asking for good luck and usually rub the beast’s snout when they’re finished. it was mainly based on a tradition. The fountain figure was sculpted and cast by Baroque master Pietro Tacca. The boar stands over a pool containing representations of tortoises, snakes, frogs, snails, lizards and crabs. In front is a cast iron fountain receptacle.
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The Brolio castle is located in Brolio, near San Regolo, in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti, in the province of Siena. The imposing building is positioned on the back of a hillock that branches off from a western spur of the high Chianti mountains between Monte Fienali and Monte Luco Berardenga, flanked by the Malena and Dudda streams, tributaries of the Arbia.
The abbey basilica of San Miniato is located in one of the highest places in the city of Florence and is one of the best examples of Florentine Romanesque. It has the dignity of a minor basilica. There are five abbeys in Florence and its surroundings: Badia Fiesolana to the north, Badia a Settimo to the west, San Miniato abbey to the south, Badia a Ripoli to the east, and Badia Fiorentina in the center. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany.
The Valdarno is the valley crossed by the Arno with the exclusion of the first stretch, that is the Casentino, and the valleys formed by the main tributaries, such as, for example, the Val di Chiana, the Valdambra, the Sieve valley, the Valdelsa, the Valdera. The part that extends from Arezzo to Florence and from here to the Gonfolina squeeze is called Valdarno Superiore, that from Montelupo to Pisa Valdarno Inferiore.
The Piazzale Michelangelo was built on the hills located south of the Florence's historic center following the design of the architect Giuseppe Poggi. In 1869 Florence was the capital of Italy in this period, the whole city underwent an intense urban renewal. The square, dedicated to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has bronze copies of some of his marble works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. The monument was brought up b
The Rose Garden in Florence is a park in the Oltrarno area below Piazzale Michelangelo to the west, in Viale Giuseppe Poggi. Once open to the public for only a short time in spring, the garden is now open every day of the year from 9 am to sunset. It covers about one hectare of terraced land from which you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the city, enclosed between the current Viale Poggi, via di San Salvatore, and via dei Bastioni.
The Giardino Bardini is a Renaissance garden in Florence. Only opened recently to the public, it is relatively little-known. Access is gained via the Via de' Bardi, just over the road from the Museo Bardini in the Oltrarno district of the city, although the gardens exit onto the Costa di San Giorgio, onto which the Forte di Belevedere and the Giardino di Boboli connect in turn.
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Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany is also known for its wines.