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... ... read full review
Piazza Santa Croce
Santa Croce, Florence –
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 and the vast basilica steps.
During the day and into the night, the piazza is packed with locals, international students, and tourists who come to kick a football around, gaze upon the sights, or relax under an umbrella at one of the cafés.
A popular nighttime hangout for a young crowd of barhopping Italians, Piazza Santa Croce is virtually taken over every evening by groups who gather to sip wine and chat or who stop by for a bit of conversation between pubs.
More dynamic than the piazzas at the Duomo or Santa Maria Novella, and with more traditional Florentine culture than Santo Spirito, this square is lively just about any time of night during the summer. For those who need a respite from one of the bars in the area or who just want a place to hang as the sun sets, this is the spot. The crowd never seems to leave, so it’s a good place to go late at night, too.
Residents, local and international students, and travelers, teens to early 20s.
Street musicians. Pick-up football and hack games.
Several small restaurants nearby, including Mavi/Cose Turche (kebab) and Moyo (salads and pasta).
Varies by venue.
Summer evenings and late nights for the postbar scene.
Facing Santa Croce, take the street to the right of the steps, and you'll find the Australian bar Girongiro. It’s usually packed, and the air-conditioned back room features sports on a big-screen TV.