Standing Still and Moving Forward on the Streets of Florence

The great statue in Florence by Michelangelo Pistoletto - Dietrofront

Florence is so full of wonderful masterpieces by some of the greatest artists in history. The Uffizi Gallery houses what is arguably one of the finest collections of Renaissance art (and the Accademia is home to what many claim is the greatest artwork ever made – Michelangelo’s David).

But there are also some great artworks also around the streets, such as the amazing statues to see in the loggia of Piazza della Signoria in the heart of Florence’s historic city centre, and around the Orsanmichele church.

There are also some great statues to discover inside the Boboli Gardens, the splendid must-visit backyard of the Pitti Palace. The Boboli Garden is open from November through February, 8:15am to 4:30pm, and until 5:30pm throughout March, then from April through October, from 8.15am to 6:30pm. Tickets cost around 8 euro per person.

Moving forward somewhat in history, from the Renaissance to 1981-1984, we have a quite unique statue in Florence – Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Dietrofront.  This amazing artwork stands just outside the Porta Romana (or, ‘Roman Gates’ – guess where they face out to!).

Said to represent a woman looking back on her own past, her memories are illustrated by the upside down  figure connecting to the upright woman’s head.

However, great art does leave room for much interpretation.

What do you think the statue means?

To see the world’s most famous statue of all times – Michelangelo’s David, we have a skip-the-line Accademia visit –The Original David Tour. To explore some of the world’s greatest 2-dimentional art in one of the top museums with an expert tour guide, we have The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour. Combined with a small-group walking tour of Florence, Original Florence Walk, which also includes the Orsanmichele Church, to hear more about Italian traditions and the fascinating history of Florence with an excellent English-speaking tour guide, we have the Florence tours discounted package, Florence in One Glorious Day (or 2).

There are also great things to do in Tuscany to explore the Tuscan countryside in a small group, or head to the Cinque Terre from Florence in a small group.

To explore Rome’s amazing historical city centre packed with great historical must-see sites such as The Coliseum, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, we have small-group Rome guided tours with a great tour guide, and guided small-group, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican where you can see more classic artworks in the Vatican Museum with a great tour guide. To see the sites of Venice with a great tour guide, we have 4 great Venice tours added into one unique Venice tours discount package.

To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence (and Tuscany), RomeVeniceCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more. You can also email us on for more information.

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