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 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!
Its the business district of Florence...
But drown by the overwhelming presence of art ...
Florence ? Business ? That scares me...
But a good place to meet up ..
A place with a cool bookshop ...
A favourite place for night hangout ...
But definitely a place you cant find toilet
( I was there waiting for my friend when the nature calls , I went around asking for public toilets but these people ask me to use those in the restaurants - which i dont like since I am not a patron . Thank god there is a shopping mall nearby , and whats more when the toilet its at top floor ....get out of my way people of Firenze ....unless you wanna ...hehehe )
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.
Built to commemorate the unification of Italy after centuries of a feudal and divided country.
Inscription reads: "The ancient heart of the city was restored to new life from its former squalor', 1895
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.
This huge fountain is found near the Vecchio Palace. The entire square where the Vecchio Palace is located is dominated with large sculptures and copies of scupltures. None of them are small. This one seems overwhelming viewing it by itself. When you enter the square this is one of the first things that catches your eye.
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..
A unique blend of vendors selling a wide range of goods from leather products to replica jerseys (as in the picture) the market located in Piazza Della Repubblica is a great place to spend an hour or two, and maybe find a unique item at a good price. The boar in this picture is said to bring good luck if you rub its nose.
Be careful what you purchase, while there are many good deals, many of the brand name goods are immitation products, while many are high quality there are some that are not.
I think if you take kids to Firenze, you gotta take them here to ride the Merry-Go-Round. Get some gelato and enjoy the moment!
This square can be added to Restauant section too; there are many of them with nice, at least in Summer, terraces.
It was once the heart of Roman and medieval Florence and the centre of the city’s public and commercial life.
You will most probably enter the square from a huge arch on the western side. It was built to commemorate then king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel, in 1895.
The wide shopping street, via dei Calzaiuoli, and side streets leading to Piazza Della Republica are always fun to navigate while window shopping.
The 19th century square built on the oldest city centre. Once here stood a Roman forum, but almost all Classic buildings were distroyed by the invading of the Barbarians.