The sculpture 'Il Porcellino at the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo is popular with visitors

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Tacca's bronze, which has eclipsed the Roman marble that served as model was originally intended for the Boboli Garden, then moved to the Mercato Nuovoin Florence, Italy; the fountain was placed originally facing east, in via Calimala, in front of the pharmacy that by association gained the name Farmacia del Cinghiale (Italian for "boar"). To gain more space for market traffic it was later moved to the side facing south, where it still stands as one of the most popular features for tourists. The present statue is a modern copy, while Tacca's bronze is sheltered in the new Museo Bardini in Palazzo Mozzi Visitors to Il Porcellino put a coin into the boar's gaping jaws, with the intent to let it fall through the underlying grating for good luck, and they rub the boar's snout to ensure a return to Firenze (Florence), Tuscany, Italy.
Location: Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, Florence, Italy