Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica, Florence: Address, Phone Number, Piazza della Repubblica Reviews: 4/5

Piazza della Repubblica
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This square marks the ancient heart of Florence and is the site of the Giubbe Rosse café where intellectuals and artists met in the early years of the 20th century.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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Brewer4
Jax, FL1,441 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
While our walking we stumbled on this ancient center of Rome. Kids were enjoying the Merry Go Round and lots of business folks hurried about. We took in the sites here and continued our walk.Glad to identify this site. Honestly wasn’t a destination we set out to see.
Written 28 April 2022
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Ron T
Greenville, SC3,430 contributions
Sep 2021
Large bustling square pretty much in the center of old Florence. So many nice little places to stop and visit, alas we were just passing through on a walking tour.
Written 7 October 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria18,321 contributions
Aug 2021
Very nice square in the center of Florence. With many beautiful buildings. It's a bit like Vienna. It was very lively during our visit.
Written 16 August 2021
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pldj m
163 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Dante Alighieri was born in here. There are so many small stalls market selling leather handbags here. Cheap but quality are so so.
Written 7 September 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
This is more for the kids who want to ride the carousel or adults who want to chill out and watch people pass by. Here there are many shops selling sweet treats and chocolate, not cheap either. I didnt hang out here too long , more of a browse through and leave. However, it's a nice lively area for all interested
Written 15 June 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,675 contributions
Jan 2020
The beautiful Piazza della Repubblica is one of the main squares in Florence and marks the center of the city since Roman times. It is surrounded by elegant, beautiful, historic palaces. The Colonna della Dovizia or also known as the Column of Abundance marks the point where the cardus and decumanus maximi met and where the Roman forum stood. The present column dates to 1431. During medieval times the area around the column was densely populated with markets, tabernacles and churches...it was the center of the city. It was the location of the market and the Jewish Ghetto. The Jewish people were obligated to live here under the rule of Cosimo I Medici. Through the centuries the square managed to retained its medieval look up until the 18th century when the town council decided to widen the square and "clean up" the center. The whole patrimony of ancient noble palaces, medieval towers, craftsmens’ workshops, tabernacles and churches was lost due to the massive demolition, when the entire area was redefined by the choice of Florence as capital of the new Reign of Italy.The square today doesn't even look like it did even just 150 years ago. The square today is an impromtu stage to street artists and shows, particularly after sunset. Piazza della Repubblica is home to the historical Caffé Gilli, Caffé Paskowski and Caffé delle Giubbe Rosse which were meeting points for many of the city's artists and writers in the past. Also facing onto the piazza are the Hotel Savoy on Via Roma and the central Post Office, located under the arches of the portico that extends to each side of the Arch of Triumph. Surrounded by caffès and elegant restaurants, it’s considered the upper class salon of the city, and is often a theater to musicians and street artists.
Written 4 June 2020
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Andrew S
Bellingham, WA1,046 contributions
Jun 2019
Nice plaza for a walk through. In the center of Florence. It has a good carousel to keep some kids (and not-so-kids) happy for a while.
Written 17 May 2020
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swetamodi
Mumbai, India228 contributions
Sep 2019
Walking from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, this is a lively square - most lively at night when there are many street performers.

Theres a lovely carousel in the centre which adds to the beauty of this place.

Lots of shops and restarants around.
Written 7 April 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Jan 2020
Piazza della Repubblica is a square in the central part of Florence. It is pedestrian area only. Close to the piazza del Duomo and Ponte Vechio. Many cafes and shops are located there.
Written 29 February 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,380 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Busy square located in the center of Florence. The colorful carousel adds a nice, family-friendly touch. There are numerous cafes that surround the square, some of which date back more than a century and were once the haunt of Florence’s literary community. No doubt you will pass through this square at some point during your visit. Very close to the Duomo, five minutes walk to Arno/Ponte Vecchio and countless other popular sights.
Written 22 February 2020
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