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Street of via Grande: photo description (Via Grande)

Via Grande is one of the busiest streets of Livorno. It goes from the old port of the city through the Piazza Grande and then on to the Piazza della Repubblica. Here is the monument And the Quattro Mori - the Four Moors - a true symbol of Livorno. This statue stands at the entrance to the port and is considered one of the main attractions of the city. Behind her are visible the remains of the old city ramparts, now part of the hotel "GramDuca". On the wall placed a plaque in memory of the English marine engineer sir Robert Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, who played an important role in the development of the port of Livorno.

Just a few steps from via Grande are two of the fountain of the 17th century, which stand on both sides of the road. They were commissioned by Duke Cosimo II to decorate the statues of the "Four moor", however, when in 1629, the year of Pietro Tacca completed work on fountains, Ferdinando II, successor of Cosimo II decided to take them to Florence. They are now standing there, in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, and those that are installed in Livorno, is a copy.

Piazza Grande, is surrounded by marble porticos of the work of Alessandro Peroni, was the center of the city of the Medici era and occupied the territory up to the Palazzo Comunale (city hall). But in 1943 during air raids on Livorno, was significantly destroyed and today the only original part of the old square is the portico on the northeast side. There is a Cathedral of Livorno, designed by Alessandro Peroni and built Cantagallina.

Near the Cathedral you can see the small Church of Santa Giulia, dedicated to the patroness of the city. It starts from the homonymous street that goes to Piazza Cavallotti with a huge fruit and vegetable market. In one of the buildings on the square in 1863, the year he was born, the composer Pietro Mascagni, and on the next street was born Giovanni Fattori, the artist macchiaioli. To the North of the Piazza Cavalotti is another city market that sells clothing, footwear and Homeware as it is located opposite the Mercato Centrale is an indoor fruit market.

From Piazza Grande you can also go to Piazza del Municipio with three interesting buildings. On the left is the Palazzo della Dogana (chamber of Commerce), built in 1648 year, the center is a modern building, right next to the Palazzo Comunale, built in 1720, the year. At last today houses the City hall. In the Palazzo Comunale is a district of Venezia Nuova.

Finally, if you walk from the Piazza Grande a couple of hundred meters, you can reach the street via della Madonna, where there are three churches that belonged to members of different communities of Livorno in the 17th and 18th centuries, is the Armenian Church, the Greek Church and the Chiesa della Madonna.