One of the things that really amazes me about the historical centre of Florence is how little things have changed in the main piazzas for hundreds of years. There are superficial changes of course, from street lighting to shop fronts, but the essential look of our squares and many of the buildings around them seems much the same.
I was struck by this when looking at a painting of the Piazza della Signoria by the 18th century painter Giuseppe Zocchi, of whom I confess I had not heard before, although he is famous for his vedute, views, of Florence. Engravings of these were great hits with the Grand Tourists.
Another thing that fascinates me is the people and the activities in the square. You can learn so much about their dress and their pastimes. That looks like a small stage show at the back — and I wonder what the stall in the foreground is selling?
Here’s another Zocchi veduta, this time of the city from the Arno.