At the back of Piazzale Michelangiolo stands a building that is all too easily overlooked by the hundreds of people who are busy enjoying the spectacular views over Florence.
The piazzale was created by the Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi (1811-1901) and the loggia was built to house works by Michelangelo. Sadly, this plan was never realised and the building became nothing more exciting than a cafe. Today, La Loggia is a restaurant.
There is a large plaque to Poggi on the stone wall in front of the loggia, which was unveiled in 1911. In addition to proclaiming him as a Florentine architect, it adds: VOLGETEVI ATTORNO ECCO IL SUO MONUMENTO (look around and here is his monument).
The phrase reminds me of the plaque to Christopher Wren, who is buried in St Paul's Cathedral in London. The last line reads: LECTOR SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE (Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you).
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