Thursday, 7 August 2014

Travel | Rubbing the boar's nose | Florence, Italy



Today's Throwback Thursday throws me back to Florence or Firenze as the Italians call it - an incredibly beautiful city I hope to revisit. If you are visiting for the first time, be sure to stop by Mercato Nuovo, a covered market in the historic centre of Florence, and while you are at it, why not say hello to its biggest attraction - the Fontana del Porcelliono (Piglet Fountain) and visit Il Porcellino, (a nickname given by the local Florentines) who sits proudly on the south side and be sure to rub his nose, and maybe make a wish hoping the coin will fall straight through the grout below.

Tradition dictates that if you rub the snout of the boar, you will return one day back to Florence and it would be apparent by the well polished snout compared to the rest of its dull bronze body, that many travellers and tourists alike, believe this tale in the hope of wishing to come back to this quaint Italian city packed with arts, history and culture. Considering that the statue is from the 17th century, you can imagine how many visitors have done the exact same thing to understand just how well polished its snout is!



You may see many visitors placing a coin in its mouth hoping the coin will fall directly into the grout below meaning their wish will come true, in a similar fashion to throwing a penny into a fountain. If the coin doesn't fall into the grout, the wish will not come true, but be warned though.. it is considered unlucky to try and make another wish hoping for a different result.

Like many statues out on display within the streets of Florence, the pig statue is a replica. The original, sculpted and casted by Pietro Tacca can be found nearby in the Uffizi Museum under the classical section. You will find many replicas dotted around the world with many in various spots in USA but can also be found in Australia, UK and Germany amongst other locations.


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