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The Burella’s tunnels –

Via della Burella owes its name to one of the oldest jails in Florence, the eponymous "Burella" (from the Latin word for darkness), located in the subterranean tunnels of an ancient Roman amphitheater which had already wasted to nothing by Medieval times. These narrow passageways, which were damp, dark and unsanitary, were first employed by Romans for training gladiators and keeping beasts, then as cells for Ghibelline prisoners such as the 740 captured in the bloody battle of Campaldino, in 1289.

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