Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica (44)

If you arrive at the Piazza della Repubblica from the west side you will be welcomed by a beautiful triumphal arch erected in 1895 to commemorate the pronouncement of Florence as the capital of Italy. 

The square is part of an urban redevelopment project carried out in the late 19th century. During this period of Florentine prosperity the idea was to create a city of broad avenues and beautiful piazzas. To this end the Mercato Vecchio, which was located on what is now the piazza, was demolished, along with the former Jewish quarter and several of the mansions of the most important families in the history of the city, such as Medici and Brunelleschi. Thanks to an international campaign the project was abolished before the entire old town was razed.

Today it is one of the liveliest parts of the city, with cafes and terraces, neon lights and department stores. Of all the cafes that line the square, we would highlight the famous Giubbe Rosse, which was inaugurated in 1888 by two Swiss brothers and soon became a meeting place for artists and intellectuals alike. So if you feel like taking a break between visits, this is as good a choice as any.  

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