PIAZZA DEL DUOMO
piazza has always represented the heart of the city. In fact the Romans
first settled here when, to better fight off the Ligurian peoples, they
extended the Cassia road beyond the Fiorentine territory. The Pistoia of
Roman times was confined to the area that would later be enclosed in the
first city wall; today traces can still be seen in the many artifacts
that have been brought to light during archaeological excavations. In
the layout of the Roman city, what today is the piazza was really the
crossroads between the two main streets: the cardo maximus and the
decumanus maximus which traditionally determmned the regularity of the
urban plan. The Cassia road, corresponding to the decumano, came from
the side of the square where the Palazzo degli Anziani, would be built
in later Medieval times and continued along what is now via degli Orafi.
The cardo maximus can be seen today in via Bracciolini. At the
intersection of the two, there was the forum and an aristocratic
residence whose existence is proved by an elegant mosaic floor.
Presumably the piazza had witnessed a more ancient Etruscan settlement,
as is suggested by the two stone funerary markers found nearby and now
displayed in the archaeological section of the Palazzo dei Vescovi.
After the barbarian invasions and the rise to power of the Lombard
governor, the piazza lost its central function in public life and the
focus of activity shifted temporarily to the area around the piazza
della Sala where the governor's house had been built.
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