Il Porcellino

In the Mercato Nuovo, Florence, you’ll see hordes of people standing around this fountain made in the form of a  bronze boar, patting his snout and putting coins in his mouth. They’re hoping that the flowing water will make the coin drop through the grating at his feet, which will ensure good luck for them.

The original statue was cast in the 1630s, and is now kept in the Bardini Museum. This replica was put in place in 2008. There are oodles of copies to be seen all around the world. Maybe your home town has one, let us know.

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  1. Awesome statue. I would be afraid if I would meet in a forest one.🙂

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  2. I patted the fellow and contributed my coin.🙂 I was amused by his shiny nose, made by what I would guess are millions of rubs. –Curt

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    • I hope good luck has been following you since then, Curt. Now, I’m wondering what happens to all those tourist coins that have landed on or through those grates.

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      • I’ll go with supporting good causes, or the city treasury, or maybe to helping the guy out who is stuck with cleaning chores and probably not paid a great deal. But then I am usually an optimist…🙂 –Curt

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  3. Liz

    My home town doesn’t have one but it does look spectacular! thanks for sharing!

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  4. It’s may be a replica, but it’s still rather good. I’m sure there are no copies near me, though. Not the kind of thing I’d forget. 🙂

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  5. The boar has a powerful shape . I wonder what is the origin of this ” tradition” to have confidence in a boar to get luck !
    I like also the contrast between this very impressing statue of wild beast with the current life in the market for instance a stall of bags (on the photo ).
    Love ❤
    Michel

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  6. Pretty much one of the two things I remember from visiting Florence 17 years ago. The other one is strawberries.🙂

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    • 17 years ago, the fruit and vegetables would have been available pretty much in their proper season. I’ll bet those strawberries were delicious, Eva.

      (Your comment just appeared today. You weren’t in the Spam folder with Bun, were you?)

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      • Oh those strawberries were pretty much unforgettable!🙂 As for that comment of mine – I tend to influence technology related things in the weirdest of ways, so its no surprise the comment wandered off somewhere…

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  7. I think te pike place pig is a very discerning pig. When looking at the fountain the first Italian, subject of todays post

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  8. sono molto stupita delle risposte positive alla tua domanda, non credevo ce ne fossero così tante copie di questo piccolo-grande monumento molto amato da tutti i fiorentini! mi fa anche molto piacere che conosci così bene le nostre tradizioni toscane! un sabato molto lieto per te
    Annalisa

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  9. I think this could be the basis for a great world tour!

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  10. We New Englanders have one of those sculptures in Lyndon Center, Lyndon, Vermont. It’s been there for 100 years. Because it has water running out of its mouth, the locals refer to it as “the puking pig.”

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  11. We have one in front of Sydney hospital. The snout is all shiny and the coins provide pocket money to some lucky kids.

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  12. Did I feed the original then – in 1990? No pretty fountains here at all – this is not a pretty city!

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  13. We have a pig at the Pike Place Market in Seattle but it’s not the same. People still rub “her” for luck though and she’s gotten pretty shiny over the years.

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  14. I don’t think we have one in Oz but it would be nice to see.

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  15. There’s a Hampshire Hog at The Ringwood Brewery where I used to live!

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  16. Jane

    Going to see the real deal in about a month. Can’t wait!

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  17. Albert

    There’s one in Sydney, for a start.

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