Close your eyes and tell me what's the most beautiful square of Italy: maybe at least you are thinking about a Tuscan piazza!
If we take a tour of these squares it means we're going to meet art, architecture and history, especially if we think that in the past they where the centre of religious, political and economical powers. This bright past is still visible thanks to the buildings overlooking these famous squares, and sometimes you can also climb the tower and see them from above.
Here is our selection: is there your favorite Tuscan square? If not, add yours in the comments of our Facebook page.
Piazza Duomo or Cathedral Square of Florence is located in the heart of the historic center of the Renaissance city. Here you can find some of the most beautiful buildings of Florence: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with the amazing Cupola built by Brunelleschi, the Giotto's Campanile, the Baptistery, the Loggia del Bigallo, the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Arcivescovile and Canonici's palace. The west zone of this square is called San Giovanni square.
Piazza della Signoria, not far from the Piazza Duomo and named after the main building of the square: Palazzo della Signoria also known as Palazzo Vecchio (the seat of the mayor office). It is where the Florentine Republic was born and is still the political hub of the city. In Piazza delle Signoria you can find also the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Tribunale della Mercanzia, Palazzo Uguccioni and it's really close to the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.
Pisa is known worldwide especially for its leaning tower and the majestic Piazza dei Miracoli (literally "square of miracles"). Formally, it is known as Piazza del Duomo and is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Leaning Tower, and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). The square is also the site of the Ospedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito, which houses the Sinopias Museum (in Italian: Museo delle Sinopie), and the Cathedral Museum (in Italian: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo).
One of the greatest medieval squares in the world is in Siena and it's called Piazza del Campo. Siena’s main square is medieval and shell-shaped. It hosts the Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, the Fonte Gaia as well as various medieval buildings. Twice a year, it boasts the famous horse race "Palio di Siena".
Read more about this square in this post.
Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca, with its elliptical shape, is really enchanting and multicoloured. The square was built on the site of an ancient roman amphitheatre and still retains its shape. In the square you will find many shops and buildings with still the inner structure of the Republican era. There are doors to enter the square, but only one of them is original, the lowest. An interesting fact to note is the cross engraved on a tile in the middle of the square, at the intersection between the 4 doors.
Mascagni Terrace in Livorno is another striking Tuscan square and is overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is one of the most elegant and evocative places of Livorno and is located on the waterfront at the edge of the Viale Italia. No trip to Livorno is complete without a stroll along this terrace with stone balustrades along the seafront and with a unique black-and-white floor that reminds a chessboard.