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Michelangelo’s Graffiti and a Peeing Lion

Michelangelo’s Graffiti and a Peeing Lion, Florence, Italy (B)

Everywhere I go, I like to find little legends and oddities. Today I want to tell you about two that can be found in Florence. Palazzo Vecchio (which means Old Palace) in Piazza della Signoria is where the Medici used to rule from before they moved to the more modern palace on the other side of the river. The Old Palace is filled with amazing art, sculpture, and decorations, but I want to talk about two little curiosities you can find on the outside of the building that are easy to miss.

On the front of Palazzo Vecchio at the corner nearest to the Uffizi Gallery, you can find a small image of a man’s head in profile etched into the stone. Legend has it that this tiny portrait was done by the great Michelangelo himself. It’s known as Michelangelo’s Graffiti or L’importuno di Michelangelo in Italian.

The Italian name basically means, the one who importunes, or annoys, Michelangelo. It refers to one story about what might have caused Michelangelo to deface this public structure. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Michelangelo’s Graffiti and a Peeing Lion
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Margo Lestz
Read it on Author's Website: https://curiousrambler.com/michelangelos-graffiti-and-the-peeing-lion-two-curiosities-from-florence/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • L’importuno di Michelangelo
  • Neptune statue

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