A walk through the ancient walls of Florence Italy

Walk through the ancient walls of Florence with the Visitaflorencia Team!

The walls of Florence are the ancient town’s defensive circle. Created with the city itself, it totaled up to six different tracks, the last of which dates back to the mid-sixteenth century. The walls of the north side of the Arno in the city were demolished in the late 19th century to create the avenues “Viali di Circonvallazione” and only the main access gates are left, while in the further south Oltrarno area the walls are still visible and well preserved.

The total number of the surrounding walls is not shared by all scholars. Some people question the existence of the Byzantine “second circle” and do not count the Canossian circle as the fourth, so in the end you would have a total of only four tracks instead of six. Some scholar also count the 15th century walls as an additional circle.

The first Roman walls lasted almost a thousand years, after which the new walls were succeeded at ever shorter intervals, to witness the exponential population growth in the city’s booming economy and society. After two centuries the Carolingian circle (870) there is the Matildian (1078), the first communal circle comes only a century later (1172) and after a hundred years the second communal circle (1284).



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