地址：Via dei Renai 37, Firenze（离老桥不远）
The real little golden pig is right here!
Presumably we all know that Florence has a “small golden pig” in the leather goods market (in fact, a copper league). It has been there, right off the columns, for many centuries.
Behind this famous location, there is a bizarre story. That of Little gold pig is about completing a ritual, or a series of actions, that will bring you good luck and grant a return to Florence: first touch the little gold pig’s nose, then put a coin on in its nose: if the coin falls from the small golden pig into the fountain pool, it will bring you good luck, and one day you will come back to Florence. So, every day, the little gold pig is touched on the nose by hundreds of people, making the snout shiny as gold.
Sounds simple, indeed? In fact, there are not many people succeeded, more often you will see coins falling out of the fountain and rolling around.
To tell you a secret, the heavier the coin is, the higher the chance that the coin will fall into the pool. The heaviest coin is none other than 2 euro, followed by 1 euro. Most people use 10 and 20 cents coin to try, so often it slips out. If you want to go all in, keep in mind that, well, 2 euros is equivalent to 15 yuan, enough to buy you a small ice cream, so this pig good wish does not come cheap, does it?
Finally, why I say “the real little pig”? In Florence, like many other precious works of art are at risk outdoor, because of wind, rain and vandals, so this one is a replica. You may feel heart broken, if you think of the 2 euros invested for the wish – but the statue is not even the real one…
The genuine Little Pig in the Bardini Museum (Museo Bardini)
Entrance is on the left side of the building, the tall gate is always closed …
The real thing is here.
From a different aspect, the look of the Porcellino is a bit fiery
The Museum is not big, half an hour for visiting it will be more than enough. The first owner, Stefano Bardini, was also the founder of the Museum; he came as a young man to Florence to study painting, but quickly became a finder of better arts men, exploring their business potential, and realizing it ascending to be a great dealer and a collector. The exhibits in the museum that takes his name were his collection.
Some parts of the ceiling are particularly attractive. The “Venus and Cupid” is extraordinarily rich The Bardini Museum is a lightweight museum for modern travelers, hosting a variety of items as conventional artwork (such as oil paintings and sculptures) but also a military weapons exhibition halls and a carpet exhibition.
Address: Via dei Renai 37, Firenze (not far from the Old Bridge)
Tickets: € 6
(free of charge for students under 25 years of age; free of charge for local residents on first Sunday of each month)