Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Il Porcellino

Replica of Florence's famous Il Porcellino, donated to the City of Sydney by the Marchesa Fiaschi Torrigiani as a memorial to Thomas Fiaschi and Piero Fiaschi, her brother and father respectively, who were eminent doctors at Sydney Hospital. It is believed to bring good luck if passersby rub its nose and drop coins into the base pool, and is placed here to help raise funds for the hospital.

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Il Porcellino

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Sydney's favourite Italian boar, the statue of Il Porcellino is a curious addition to the Macquarie Street landscape.