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The Italian piazzas are the mirror of our people: a meeting place where people chat, spend their free time and much more. As well as having a social function, the squares of our cities are also a feast for the eyes: beautiful examples of architecture and Italian style. If you’re planning a tour in Italy, we give you a list of the most beautiful squares that you cannot miss.
Piazza di Spagna – Rome
Piazza di Spagna is by far one of the most famous squares in the world with its iconic stairway of 135 steps that connect the square to the church of Trinità dei Monti. Another monument that attracts the attention of tourists is the Barcaccia fountain by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. On the right of the staircase there is a building that was the home of the English poet John Keats and now it is a museum in his honor.
Piazza del Campo – Siena
Let’s move to Tuscany, in the town of Siena, whose most important tourist attraction is Piazza del Campo. The square is particular for its shell shape and for the fact that it lies in a difference in height of the terrain and then it is sloped. Piazza del Campo is the scenario of the famous Palio di Siena every summer.
Piazza della Signoria – Florence
Piazza della Signoria is located in the center of Florence and it surrounded by some of the most important monuments and buildings of the city, such as Palazzo Vecchio, that is the town hall, Fountain of Neptune, and an amazing copy of David by Michelangelo.
Piazza del Duomo – Milan
The main square of Milan is one of the most representative place of the town and here there is also the stunning gothic dome. This square is the vital center of the entire city and, together with the nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, it is the meeting point of many citizens and tourists. The square has an area of about 17,000 square meters and it is therefore one of the largest squares in Italy.
Piazza Navona – Rome
Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares of Rome and it is the symbol of Baroque architecture which characterizes many areas of the city. The symbol of the square is the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Every day the square is crowded with painters and street artists who offer their performances to the patrons.
Piazza San Pietro – Rome
This famous square is the daily meeting point for thousands of faithful people from all over the world and it makes the frame St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican symbol and most important place of Catholic worship.
Piazza del Plebiscito – Naples
Piazza del Plebiscito is the largest and most representative square in Naples and it is often the venue for the celebration of the many local events such as political demonstrations, celebrations etc.
Piazza San Marco – Venice
Piazza San Marco is one of the most romantic and the most appreciated by tourists from around the world. The square overlooks the picturesque lagoon of Venice and here there is the Basilica of San Marco.
Piazza dei Miracoli – Pisa
With the Leaning Tower set to the center, Piazza dei Miracoli is a place that has made Italy famous in the World. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage and it is the most important tourist site of Pisa. In addition to the tower, the square is also home to the Duomo and the Baptistery.
Piazza Maggiore – Bologna
The most important square of Bologna and it is surrounded by some of the most important buildings, such as the Town Hall and the Basilica of San Petronio.
Squares to visit could be many more, because every Italian town and country has a few that are worth visiting, but we wanted to choose the most famous, whose photographs have been all around the world.
Have you already packed, yet? 😉