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! :)
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.
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.
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
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 )
There are two massive squares in Florence. The Piazza de Signoria and the Piazza de Repubblica. I don't remember which one this is.. but both have cafes on either side and are a great place for a drink and rest.
This more "modern" square dates from the time that Florence was capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871. The square has a tourist market known as the new market and is surrounded by shopping streets that specialize in designer clothing.
THE PIZZA DELLA REPUBBLIA IS THE VERY CENTER OF FLORENCE PLANNED IN THE 19TH CENT WHEN FLORENCE FOR A SHORT TIME WAS ITALYS CAPITAL ,IT IS BUILT OVER WHAT ONCE WAS THE ROMAN FORUM .THE WHOLE OF THE MEDIEVAL QUARTER WAS DEMOLISHED INCLUDING THE OLD MARKET .THE ARCH THOU IMPRESSIVE SEEMS OUT OF PLACE IN FLORENCE’S MEDIEVAL CITY.
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.
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.
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.
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.