Party Earth Review Perched atop a hill on the south side of the Arno, Piazzale Michelangelo offers a breathtakingly expansive view of Florence, making it a popular spot for residents and tourists alike. The front of the Piazzale looks out over the Palazzo Vecchio, Duomo, and beyond to the hills of Fiesole. Though the place is usually over ... more
Piazza / Square / Landmark
Reviewed by Stefano V.
"If you're here, it means you are able to travel back in time and you can see the majesty of one of the Italian Renaissance center. After admiring the ..." more
Party Earth Review A charming square with lots of personality – and refreshingly removed from the main tourist areas – Piazza Santo Spirito is a popular hangout for Italians of all ages. What differentiates this square from others in the city is the more bohemian crowd it attracts and that generally gathers on the steps of the basilica to ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito
Reviewed by Kayla D.
"While leaving in Firenze, I decided to spend three days at varying times, in Piazza della Repubblica. This is what I discovered. Day 1-While the Piaz ..." more
50123 Florence, Italy
Piazza / Square / Landmark
Reviewed by Emilia G.
"My Take: Piazza Beccaria, one of the less touristy piazzas in Florence, is a fairly large piazza just outside of the historical center of the city. Th ..." more
Info The slightly slanted Piazza del Campo in Tuscany is Siena’s historic city center. Public events in the Piazza del Campo include the notorious biannual Palio di Siena horse races. The heart of public life in Siena lies in Piazza del Campo as tourists and locals can often be spotted drinking an afternoon caffé in one of the ... more
Piazza del Campo, 66
53100 Siena, Italy
Party Earth Review A massive stone piazza that stretches from the steps of the Basilica Santa Croce to the street, Piazza Santa Croce is a refreshing open area featuring beautiful frescoes, an impressive statue of Dante Alighieri, and plenty of renaissance Florentine architecture, all of which can be admired from the scattered stone benches ... more
Piazza Santa Croce
Italians and plazas go together like spaghetti and meatballs, linguini and clam sauce, fettuccini and Alfredo, you get the point. Basically, the plazas in Florence are not just a place to sightsee; they are also a way of life for the residents of this beautiful city.
The plazas (actually piazzas if you want to get technical – or piazzales depending on the shape and size) serve a number of purposes in the city. First, they definitely make for a great meet-up spot. Second, they’re typically surrounded by places to drink, eat, or shop, so you can figure out what to wear for the night, and then start your night off in the square afterwards. And third, they provide a welcome relaxation from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
One of the most famous Florence plazas is Piazza Santa Croce in, you guessed it, Santa Croce. Here, passersby can witness the essence of Florentine life as a mix of people come and go, or laze away while surrounded by beautiful frescoes, a statue of Dante Alighieri, and a lot of stunning renaissance architecture. At night, however, Piazza Santa Croce is flooded with young partiers who criss-cross the square, pub crawling around the area.
Other popular plazas are Piazza Santo Spirito, a laid-back hangout for locals looking to chill, or Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers some of the best views of the city and makes for one of the best sunset spots in all of Florence.
Whichever piazza you decide to make your own, there will always be something to do, whether it’s eating, drinking, shopping, or simply doing as the Florentines do and hang out with friends all night long.