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Florence, Italy

Piazza della Repubblica

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History & Controversy

A plot of land full of rich history and constantly changing purposes, the Piazza della Repubblica represents varying facets of Florence’s history. Originally on the site of an ancient Roman forum, including a temple dedicated to the warlike god Mars, the Piazza also became a commercial center during the Middle Ages, a Jewish ghetto during the Renaissance, and, during the nineteenth century, as a center of pride, with old structures being completely demolished and rebuilt upon the proclamation that Florence was to be the capital of Italy. The piazza we see today—long, rectangular, and open—is the piazza from that era. Although the structures of old—the medieval towers, churches, tabernacles, and palaces—are lost forever, new uses for the piazza have sprung up. It has become the “upper class salon” of the city, filled with cafes and shops for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

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