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Streets and Squares in Florence

Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria , by Gimmario
 
Piazza della Signoria
Address: Piazza della Signoria
 
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Adorned with Palazzo Vecchio, it is, in fact, named after Palazzo della Signoria, and only an expert traveller would know that the paradox is easily solved once discovering that this is merely Vecchio's former name. Apart from being the location from where the Florentine Republic started, the piazza is a lively meeting hub and receives thousands of tourists daily.
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Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica, by Stefano Lastrucci
 
Piazza della Repubblica
Address: Piazza della Repubblica
 
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With the bronze sculpture of Najadi by Mario Rutelli propped right in the centre of the piazza, this site offers a vast open space, lined with the silhouettes of the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and several newer buildings of various styles. Having acquired its name after World War II, this square is a regular meeting spot for locals, and it's also where public demonstrations are held.
Piazza Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce , by Andy Stuart
 
Piazza Santa Croce
Address: Piazza di Santa Croce
  Phone: +39 055 24 46 19
 
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Apart from the Santa Croce Church, this vast square has little to offer. Still, it was here that during the Medieval period that meetings and religious functions of Franciscan monks were held. The western side is dominated by a 17th-century fountain, and here one can take a picture of themselves in front of the Dante statue with two typical buildings in the background. The site was a popular playground in the 16th Century, and these sport events are still being commemorated with the Calcio Storico Fiorentino Festival. During the festival days many citizens show up to play football dressed in 16th-century attire.
Via Calzaiuoli
Via Calzaiuoli , by Marco Trevisan
Via Calzaiuoli

A pedestrianised and relatively quiet street, the wide Via Calzaiuoli might still occasionally receive bustling flocks of visitors. Lined with historic palazzos, speciality shops, boutiques and cafes, it makes an excellent strolling venue.
Via de' Martelli
Via de' Martelli , by Diego Degl'Innocenti
Via de' Martelli

A short walking distance from the Duomo, Piazza Santissima Annunziata and the Accademia Gallery, this street can also be accessed from Piazza San Marco. Being a large traffic-laden road, Via de' Martelli, in fact, links the famous Piazza with the Duomo, from where it takes you to Piazza San Lorenzo and the historic neighbourhood of the Medici.
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Piazzale Michelangiolo
Address: Viale Michelangelo
 
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Offering vistas of the entire city with the Arno and the hilly Tuscan lands, this site is accessed after a long uphill walk. Visitors will be awarded with excellent vantage points, with a clear view of the Ponte Vecchio.
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Mercato Centrale
Address: Piazza San Lorenzo
 
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A well-known Florentine food market, this space, encased in steel frames and entirely clad in glass, is where locals and tourists can buy fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, plus many local specialities and flowers. The bustling atmosphere of a Medieval town market has been well-preserved.
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Via Tornabuoni

Stretching north of Arno to Piazza della Repubblica, this street is where all the fashion in Tuscany happens. Deriving its name from influential 15th-century Florentine families, Via Tornabuoni is lined with spectacular shops of high-end designer brands, Italian haute couture and studio jewellers. This street is easily one of Italy's principal fashion spots.
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