Il Porcellino: A little Florentine luck!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 | No Comments

Il Porcellino is a statue of a wild boar located in the heart of the Mercato Nuovo in Florence, Italy. In this video, listen to what these visitors have to say about this famous Italian tradition.

Then, watch our show on Thursday, April 4th at 9pm ET/PT on HISTORY (Canada) to find out the real secret of the wild boar and the statue that’s inside the museum! Learn more here about Museum Secrets: Inside the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. 

Tourists visit the statue and rub its snout in hopes that it will bring them luck. This ritual dates back to the sixteenth century. Even though this Il Porcellino statue is not the original boar sculpture from that period, it is still providing good luck and happiness to visitors and Florentines alike.