Fontana del porcellino, Florence by Andy Hay

The “Fontana del Porcellino”: Superstitions Rituals and Traditions

“In the city of Florence, there is a beautifully crafted bronze pig. Fresh, clear water flows from the mouth of the animal, which has become dark green due to its age. Only the snout shines, as it had been polished.”

With these words Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author and writer of plays, travelogues, novels, poems, and fairy tales described the famous Fontana del Porcellino, which is located in the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, near Ponte Vecchio.