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Mercato vecchio

The Mercato Vecchio

The Mercato Vecchio, or Republic Square, was a marketplace in Florence during the Renaissance.

History

The center of Florentine business, the Mercato Vecchio served all of the shopping needs of the city. To quote Antonio Pucci, a 14th-century Florentine poet: "Physicians dwelt around for every ill, and here were linen cloths, and flax merchants, pork vendors, and apothecaries."[1]

The Mercato was first established in Roman times, as the city of the Forum, and it was only in 1030 that the landmark was first documented as a marketplace. Staple foods from the countryside, like grain, were the most popular goods sold, followed by wool.[1]

The landmark was also displayed in the virtual training map of Florence, which was used by Abstergo Industries to train the recruits in the first[2] and second stage of the Animi Training Program.[3]

Trivia

  • A glyph could be found on the Mercato.
  • Mercato Vecchio is Italian for "The Old Market", from mercato, "market" and vecchio, "old".

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