Piazza della Signoria - this plaza I consider to be the centre of Florence.
You know how the Vancouver Art Gallery is our hub for gatherings and protests, well this is theirs. For the two weeks that I was here, there was something happening almost everyday. Even if there is no scheduled event, there are always a throng of people sitting in the Loggia (roofed, Roman arches and columns, open space with various statues through the ages - Classical to the Renaissance).
Some major works are here - a replica of David stands in front of Piazza Vecchio (their city hall as well as an important museum, it really is a palace), Hercules, Fountain of Neptune, etc.