Piazza Martiri della Libertà

The square was inaugurated in1833; it was built by will of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, to a design by the architect Alessandro Gherardesca. The almost perfectly rectangular space was planned according to the new requirements of town planning and the tastes of the Restoration.At the centre of a ring of trees, a statue of Pietro Leopoldo I, made in 1829 by L. Pampaloni, stands on a tall marble plinth decorated in low relief by E. Santarelli.The square is in a part of the city of great historical interest. In the middle ages it was known as civitate vetera because of the many Roman ruins here. There are several interesting buildings along its sides.