Piazza Della Repubblica, Florence

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    Large Busy Piazza

    by sue_stone Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Piazza della Repubblica is the largest Piazza in Florence.

    It is lined with expensive cafes and a couple of expensive hotels (where I can only dream of staying!!).

    It is always bustling, filled with people, street performers and a few market vendors.

    I love to buy a gelato nearby and find some where to perch and watch the action.

    If you a feeling cashed up, pull up a seat at an outdoor table at one of the cafes and you can do your people watching in comfort!

    Piazza della Repubblica expensive cafes in the Piazza
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    The Italian Capital's Piazza

    by Jefie Written Jul 1, 2010

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    Florence's Piazza della Repubblica stands where the Roman forum used to be several centuries ago. Over the years, the city had grown around and over the piazza, with many streets, houses, churches and so on being built over the empty market square. In the 19th century, when Florence briefly became the capital of Italy, work was undertaken to modernize the city. Several buildings were pulled down to make way for large boulevards, the Piazza della Repubblica being one of the most important projects. Citizens seeing a huge part of their patrimony disappear protested against the decision and probably saved the city from futher destruction. The new piazza was officially inaugurated in 1890 and the monumental arch that stands at its center was completed in 1895, bearing the controversial inscription "L'antico centro della citta de secolare squallore a vita nuova restituito" (the old city center from its past squalor was restored to a new life). It quickly became surrounded by luxurious hotels and cafes, many of which are still around today. There's no doubt that the sunny patios all around the piazza are very inviting, and we did take a look at some of the menus, but we quickly realized that the area was a bit out of our price range!

    Piazza della Repubblica in Florence The piazza seen from Giotto's Campanile
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    City's liveliest and most entertaining square

    by Tijavi Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    Arguably, the café-lined Piazza della Repubblica is the city's liveliest and most entertaining square. This seemed to be the case even during the medieval and Roman times when it was the heart of city. Today, the square beats to the rhythm of children's carousel, freelance street performers, residents out for fresh air and promenading tourists. It's such a lively place and a great escape from the overwhelming amount of art to be seen and experienced in Florence's many museums. The square is best experienced after sundown when it's aglow in bright lights and the air filled with music from street performers, street vendors' sales pitches, and children's delightful shrieks from their carousel ride.

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    People watch at the Piazza

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    I was here on Boxing Day 2006, and the atmosphere here was festive. A huge Christmas tree was lighted up and the square was full of people. This square is relatively new because the site was previously known as Piazza del Mercato Vecchio or the Old Market Square which was destroyed in the late 19th century

    This is one of the liveliest areas in Florence and is a great place to people watch & enjoy some refreshments in one of the outdoors cafes (if it's not too cold). If you have itchy feet, the shopping street and other attractions are just a few feet away

    Piazza della Repubblica Carousel by day
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    Crossroads of Florence

    by mariocibelli Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Piazza della Repubblica is not a beautiful piazza, nor is it very historic (compared with the rest of the city).It was born out of an effort of late 19th century Florence to spruce up the city during the time that Florence was briefoly the capital of the newly united Italy. Originally, a decrepit medeival neighborhood was here, it was razed and the present piazza was erected.

    Piazza della Repubblica is a meeting point, in addition it is much more a point of reference (for people who live here) than say the Duomo or Santa Croce).

    It is filled with historic cafes (which unfortuantely now are extrememy overpriced), except for Donini, which still has good pastries and caffe (just don't sit down). Also the largest bookshop (The Edison) and music store (Riccordi) are located there as well. In addition, it has the largest taxi stand outside of the train station, just in front of the Pasckowski Caffe.

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    Piazza della Republica

    by ForestqueenNYC Written Jul 29, 2006

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    This piazza was built between 1890 and 1917. It replaced the medieval town center or Mercato Vecchio . This was a trading and bartering center.

    Today on this piazza there are several very chic and expensive bars and restaurants and a wonderful old carosel. It is a good meeting place and everynight you will find buskers singing and playing their music.

    Piazza Republica Carosel at Piazza Republica Arch at Piazza Republica Christmas at Piazza Republica
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    Right in the center!

    by stfan Written Dec 10, 2004

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    Piazza Della Repubblica is really in the center. On the left (or right depends on where you are) is the Duomo and on the right is Piazza Della Signoria. There are no museums at this piazza but there are some shops and restaurants, quite good I might add, and banks and post offices. And a movie theater is close by!

    At nights there are some entertainers, its fun to watch but mind the pickpockets!

    Piazza Della Replublica on a rainy day!

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    Piazza della Repubblica

    by geeyook Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    This 19th century square was built over an ancient Roman Forum. Most of the old classical buildings are gone. The square was modernized in the 19th century to honor a modern and united Italy. Today the square has fine outdoor cafes, pastry shops, gelaterias, a bookstore and a carousel.

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    Piazza della Repubblica

    by codrutz Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    First here was a Roman forum, then the Mercato Vecchio, then the Loggia del Pesce (fish market), then the Jewish ghetto. Recently :) between 1885 and 1895 on top of all those previous the Piazza della Repubblica was built. Not very much to see there though, and not a place of shadow to hide.

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  • Piazza Della Repubblica (Republic Square)

    by kedi+ Written Apr 14, 2003

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    In order to build this square the Old Market, economic heart of Old Florence (1895), was destroyed.. On the left is the portico of the Central Post Office, by Sabatini and Vagnetti (1917).
    This square is a popular meeting place for Florentines and turists because of its many cafes..

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    Experience Political Rally!

    by LauraWest Updated Nov 1, 2005

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    Walking back through this historical plaza, after the Archaeology Museum, I bumped into a political rally!. Or what I assumed was one. Many people were wearing new, identical hats, carrying red flags, marching into the square or standing there looking towards the man with the microphone. He was very obviously giving a rousing speech. In Italian, of course, so I didn't understand it. The police were all over, too, so I was a bit worried that everyone would be beaten & arrested! Ha ha, but what do I know? I'm a foriegner, right? It was hot & not pleasant to stand there, so I decided to continue on my merry way!

    This photo I snapped doesn't show many of the people that were there! And as I left, I passed a parade arriving, too. Very exciting!!! Even without getting arrested! Truth? I've never been arrested, though I've been in my share of political rallies & protest marches in the USA.

    Rally in the Plaza
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    Shop or ride the Merry-Go-Round!

    by wilocrek Written Mar 17, 2008

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    This unique plaza is home to the only merry-go-round in Florence. There is also a very large department store nearby. Perhaps the neatest thing about this plaza is that there are a lot of independent vendors selling paintings, leather belts, and other gifts that relate to Florence. There are food vendors selling sweet almonds and roasted chestnuts that give off a sweet aroma that fills the plaza. This is a nice place to visit towards the end of the day when you feel like winding down.

    An ariel shot of the plaza

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    Pretty Carousel

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    You can't miss a children's carousel close to the huge arch at Piazza della Repubblica. It is colorful and popular with the kids. The scene is especially beautiful at night when the carousel lights up in all colors & music

    This should be fun to go on with the kids. Pity I'm not a kid otherwise I would take a ride on it! :)

    Carousel in lights
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    Florence's largest square

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 10, 2005

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    This square dates from the 19th century and was the previous site of the Roman forum. It is lined with some of Florence's oldest and best known cafe's and restaurants. There is always something going on here whether it be dancing, music or just people watching other people go by.

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    Sidewalk cafes and triumphal arch

    by Karahan Written Nov 6, 2006

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    Piazza della Repubblica (square of republic) was the center of Mercato Vecchio (old marketplace) years ago. You can see sidewalk cafes, some artworks and a huge triumphal arch there nowadays. Column at the square is from 18th century and it symbolizes fertility.

    When Florence became capital city of Italy, triumphal arch was built (in 1895). There is also a car park very close to square. One of the biggest shopping malls (Rinascente) of Florence is located in east side of the square.

    Statue of fertility Piazza della Repubblica Triumphal arch Towards the statue
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