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Piazza De Ferrari – Genoa

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The beautiful Piazza De Ferrari is the most important plaza of Genoa. Dedicated to the Duke Raffaele De Ferrari the plaza is located in the heart of the town. The Genoeses call it the “city” because the most significant buildings of Genoa are located either in the Piazza or very close to it.

The irregular shape of the square come from the fact that once the area was divided into two different Piazze. This is easily noticeable also thanks to the different styles of the numerous buildings.

At the beginning of the 20th century the entire center of the city had a restyle; three important street were built: Via XX Settembre, Via Dante and Via Petrarca. All of them converges in Piazza De Ferrari. Four new building were added too; the two most famous are the Teatro Carlo Felice (Theatre Carlo Felice) and Palazzo della Nuova Borsa  (Palace of the New Stock Exchange).

However the most important addition in the piazza was the Bronze Fountain that had become one of the symbols of the city.

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Unfortunately during the Second World War the center of Genova was heavily bombed; the newly built Teatro Carlo Felice was destroyed. Only at the end of the century it was reconstructed respecting the original design.

Today Piazza De Ferrari is a pedestrian area where every day many Genoeses and tourists stroll around, enjoying its unique atmosphere!