During a recent chat with a client about her itinerary, she said she definitely wanted to see the living statues in Florence. I racked my brain, running through Florence’s famous statues in my head, thinking she must be referring to something in the Accademia Gallery or the Bargello. But I still couldn’t figure it out, so I asked her to describe them.
You know, the famous living statues!
Of course. Living. I mean actually alive. As in actual people pretending to be statues. As in the famous living statues of Italy.
These “statues” are essentially buskers. They stand completely still, in costume, not blinking or even appearing to breathe, for hours. It’s not an easy job, as this article in the Guardian describes. And although I have no clue what attracts people to the job, after reading that article I’m giving them a little extra coin next time. Watch them carefully and they may wink at you. Give them money and they may pose with you for a photo.
Here’s one in Florence (this one needs to buy an iron!).
Living statues can be seen all around Italy (and across Europe, actually), if you keep your eye out. Here’s one in Garda, with an invisible partner:
What about you – have you seen these living statues and if so what did you think? Are they believable and earning their money or do you just ignore them?
"We had a wonderful trip! We did so many amazing things and experienced many wonderful places yet never felt like..."
"We thank you so much for all you gave us, guided us to, arranged for, and detailed for us. Not..."
"We are in love with Venice and the Dolomites. The ski adventure was amazing and beyond anything we could have..."
"Absolutely everything that you planned went off without a hitch. Every tour, every restaurant, every train and activity came through..."
"Thank you again from all three of us for your help in planning such a delightful trip. I know that..."
"Madeline carefully planned a fabulous, personalized 19 day itinerary (Lake Garda, Dolomites, N/S Tuscany, Rome) that enabled us to be..."
Join our mailing list to get the free Driving In Italy eBook
Check out the Travel Expert Network where you’ll find Certified Travel Experts™ like us ready to plan custom bucket trips for you all over the world!
Visit the Travel Expert Network →
Subscribe to our newsletter.