17 Giugno 2017 · 2033 Views

The stone of the outrage

The stone of the outrage

PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS IN FLORENCE

 
A marble stone situated in the centre of the "Mercato Nuovo" in Florence marks the place where the "Carroccio" stayed during Middle Ages. The "Carroccio" was the charriot of the Florentine republic decorated with the colors of the city hall and with the Florentine lily; it followed Florentine army during his movements and troops protected it. When the flag of the city fell down because the enemies won the battle, it was a real defeat for Florence. For this reason the stone has the shape of a green and white wheel!
During the XV century failed merchants were punished here and they suffered a terrible public injury. They couldn't move because their hands were Tied, their trousers fell down and their bottom hit three times on the stone. A Florentine saying goes: "Essere con il culo a terra" (that means go bankrupt) or "avere sculo" (to be unlucky). They both refer to this event! 
Remember that Middle class composed by merchants was associated in different guilds in the XIV century: seven Major guilds (Merchants textile, wool manufacturers, silk, judges and notaries, bankers, furriers, merchants of spices and dyes) and fourteen Minor guilds. From 1282 priors were representatives of the seven Major guilds: they fighted against the old aristocratic families revenging an active role of trade in Florence. They had a lot of success, in fact the trade of wool and the guild of bankers were at the base of the development of Florentine economy!


 

The stone where merchants were punished and the statue of MIchele di Lando the leader of one of the lower classes who worked for the guild of wool.
He encoraged the insurrection of these people in 1378 besieging together the priors palace to safeguard their rights.

History


Santa Maria Nuova and its secret underground


Even the great artist Leonardo da Vinci studied anatomy and dissected bodies in this long corridor!!

Leggi ora!

Michelangelo and portrait on the facade of Palazzo Vecchio


What do you think? Do you believe Michelangelo have ever spent his time in a similar way? We don't know but....have a look at the facade of the palace when...

Leggi ora!

Unusual statues decorate Boboli Garden


Statues with the symbols of the Medici are everywhere: the Capricorn, a turtle with a sail and Neptune the god of sea, all refer to Cosimo I the granduke who...

Leggi ora!

"What is done is done"


This killing was the beginning of the civil florentine war between the aristocratic families factions of the city: Guelphs against ghibellines.

Leggi ora!

Visite guidate

Pienza e Montepulciano. Una visita guidata per conoscere questi due splendidi paesi.
alle terrazze esterne del Duomo per la "passeggiata" a trentadue metri di altezza per regalare agli...
Nel periodo 01/11 al 28/02 il biglietto d'ingresso alla Galleria degli Uffizi costa 16 euro invece...
Oltre 750 opere per 720 anni di storia. La maggiore concentrazione di scultura monumentale...