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Hamlets, districts and squares

Florence’s piazza San Marco

Historical beauty in the city center

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Piazza San Marco is currently the headquarters of the University of Florence, in the heart of the historical center. At the center of the square, you’ll find a monument dedicated to General Manfredo Fanti executed in bronze by Pio Fedi in 1873. The square is surrounded by large buildings like the Palazzina di Livia, attributed to Bernardo Fallani (1780). This building currently houses the Presidio Officers’ Club. On the opposite side of the square, there is the Academy of Fine Arts and the headquarters of the University of Florence. On the northern side of the piazza, you’ll find the Chiesa di San Marco and a wing of its convent. In 1437, Cosimo the Elder began the renovation and expansion of this structure under the direction of Michelozzo. The new basilica was consecrated in 1443, in the presence of Pope Eugene IV and Cardinal Archbishop Niccolò of Capua.

An astonishing city of art, fashion and tradition
If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...