Usually surrounded by buildings, these famous Italian piazzas are open public squares. In Italy, this is truly the center of public life. Even though piazza may translate to ‘public square’ in English, it does not have to adhere to any particular shape in order to be considered a piazza. One of the joys of being in Italy is enjoying a wonderful coffee at one of these famous piazzas and just watching the people as they go about their daily life.
10Marostica Piazza degli Scacchi
This century old town in the northern part of Italy is 10 minutes from Bassano del Grappa and about a half hour’s drive from Vicenza. The piazza is famous for its ‘human chess board’ where reservations for spectators are actually preferred because it is so highly sought after.
9Piazza San Pietro – Rome
Most tourists know it as St. Peter’s Square, in Vatican City, directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. The reason the piazza is open so that larger crowds of spectators would be able to see the Pope when he was giving his blessing. This happened under the direction of Pope Alexander VII.
8Piazza Del Campo – Siena
This piazza is the premier square in Siena and one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. The original city of Siena was built around three hills, the piazza is where the three hills are connected. The Palio di Siena, a horse race that is held twice each year, is held around the edges of the piazza.
7Piazza del Popolo – Ascoli Piceno
You can still sense the Renaissance here both in tangible and intangible forms. To walk through the public square in Ascoli Piceno, you can sense its historical importance and beautiful architectural design.
6Piazza Corpus Domini – Turin
Close to the Duomo and the Palazzo di Citta. It bears its name after the church of Corpus Christi that is very visible on the square. It remains one of the more beautiful examples of baroque in Turin even though it is a relatively small square.
5Piazza Carignano – Turin
This piazza is one of the most beautiful areas of Turin. On one side of the piazza is the famous Palazzo Carignano. On the other side, you can find the famous Pepino ice-cream parlor, the Cambio restaurant, and the Carignano Theatre.
4Piazza Barberini – Rome
You can find this piazza at the foot of several Roman streets including Via Vittorio Veneto, Via Sistina, and Via Barberini. For tourists it is often the third stop in the ‘tourist triangle’ composed of the Trevi Fountain to the southwest and Spanish Steps to the northwest.
3Piazza San Marco – Venice
Aside from the gondolas, the first thing that people think about when they think of Venice is Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square).
Truly one of the most famous Italian piazzas, Piazza San Marco is a tourist destination that you can visit year-round and bask in its unparalleled beauty.
The many tourists looking around, the laid-back locals enjoying the weather, the scores of pigeons, the many stalls, the patterned floor, there is always something to do here.
2Piazza di Spagna – Rome
The Piazza di Spagna is in the center of Rome and was built in the 18th century. The design is both stylish and graceful. Especially when you have encountered the raucous traffic of the city, this piazza makes for a welcome change. The cosmopolitan and animated atmosphere and beautiful flowerbeds make it even more appealing.
1Piazza Navona – Rome
Arguably the most beautiful of Rome’s many squares, it is certainly amongst the most famous. This piazza is a marvel of sculpture and light. This is where the ancient Romans would gather to watch their games.
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