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Direzione Risorse tecnologiche Servizio Statistica e toponomastica. ADDRESS SYSTEM and STREET NUMBERS in FLORENCE. Direzione Risorse tecnologiche Servizio Statistica e toponomastica. Both public and private streets open to the public, have to be denominated.

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Direzione Risorse tecnologiche

Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

ADDRESS SYSTEM and STREET NUMBERS in FLORENCE

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

  • Both public and private streets open to the public, have to be denominated.
  • Street signs, regulated by the Codice della Strada (Highway Code), are marble (downtown) or metallic plaques.
  • They are usually placed after the corner of the street, at 2-3 meters above street level.
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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

  • 2.330 place names
    • geographical places (e.g Piazza Francia)
    • famous people (e.g. artists, scientists, historians: Via Leonardo da Vinci - Florentine men of the past: Via dei Medici)
    • historical events (e.g. Viale XI Agosto)
    • saints (Piazza San Marco)
    • various things (e.g. flowers: Piazza dei Tigli)
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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

  • Place names follow some rules, the first part is fixed (the generic) and gives the “kind” of the street (e.g. Via, Viale, Corso, Lungarno), the second is variable and includes the object/person to be remembered.
  • We can’t have homonym names.
  • People have to have died at least ten years ago, thought, there may be a derogation of law, given by the state authority in special cases e.g. for the well known poetry Mario Luzi
  • Local government chooses the name of the street with the advice of a committee of experts.
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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

Groups of streets in one area are sometimes named using a particular theme. They carry the names of artists, trees, countries, politicians and more)

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

  • In Italy there are two different street numbering systems:
    • sequential numbering along both sides of the street
    • numbering in kilometers the distance from the beginning of the street (for rural areas) using the metric system
  • In Florence the street numbering scheme is to number each plot or building entrance on one side of the road with ascending odd numbers, from 1, and those on the other with ascending evennumbers, from 2, except for churches and monuments (some including head offices may have a numeration).
  • Number plates are fit up by the owner of building/plot or by the local administration, according to its laws.
  • The odd numbers are on the left side of the road, while even numbers are on the right side.
  • The numbering system for squares is consecutive, from 1.
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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

Where additional buildings are inserted or subdivided, numbers are often suffixed with letters a, b, (e.g. 19/B, 19/C).

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

Inner court entrances are usually suffixed with numbers 1, 2, (e.g. 19/1 or 19/A/1).

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Street numbers run parallel to the flow of River Arno (right shore)

Every Municipality gets its street numbers to start from a geographical location (e.g. a river, a square), Florence has chosen River Arno.

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

(left shore)

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

Or run perpendicular to River Arno to the North (right shore)

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

And from the river Arno to the South (left shore)

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

About squares, street numbers run anticlockwise for right shore

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

and clockwise for left side (always from the closest point to the river)

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

In Florence -Genoa and Savona, too- houses are marked with black numbers, while businesses are usually (but not always) given red numbers, resulting in two distinct series for every street. The street numbers of businesses are denoted in writing by the addition of the letter “R" (e.g. Piazza Duomo, 1R).

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Servizio Statistica e toponomastica

In Florence:

5 neighborhoods

110.000 street numbers

40% residential

24.000 red numbers

374.000 residents

54.000 foreigners

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