Lion statues have been in Florence since the middle ages. However, here in the city lions represent more than just a symbol of power unlike everywhere in the world.
Stories tells us that in the 15th century a man, Anselmo, who was a member of the Cornacchini family experienced a recurring nightmare. In his nightmare, a ferocious lion was eating him, and in order to put a stop to his nightmares he decided to put his hand into the mouth of the lion that is located in the Duomo. But, to his luck, there was a poisonous scorpion inside that bit him, and inevitably killed him. It is said that his dreams were prophecies and the lion did in fact kill him.