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Tuscany, first and foremost to invent the flooring

A journey to discover the secrets of the Florentine streets

Not everyone knows that Tuscany, land of excellence and primates, is remembered today as the first region that has used the floors.


The origins of unique innovation

In 1339, the city of Firenze was the first European city to develop the flooring for their roads, creating from that moment, such a costume which was widespread throughout the rest of Europe.

As is still the case today, the infrastructure and the improvement of cities came through the financing of external bodies; and in that case was decisive in the huge investment of Florentine bankers.


And before then?

Prior to 1339 the city streets were unpaved, traveled freely without there being a coating or a protection useful to improving conditions.

The introduction of roads never served only to make an aesthetic improvement of the streets, but it was especially useful to provide more stability to all who travelled on a daily basis.


From stone to brick, the testimony of Piazza della Signoria

Since then, the streets were made primarily in stone, by means of manual labor. Some excavations traced between 1974 and 1975, however, demonstrated the presence of a charming terracotta floors in the Piazza della Signoria, where in the fourteenth century there was a spa building of Roman origin.


Even today, at a distance of 680 years, remembers the genius of a city always been recognized at the forefront, referring to its own history and its own unique culture.