1. Piazza della Signoria, Florence
In medieval cities, each piazza had its own function: one served as the city’s political center, another as its religious base, and a third as the nucleus of its economy. Florence’s Piazza della Signoria was the political center of not only the city but the entire Italian Renaissance. Oddly shaped and imposingly large, perhaps no other public space in Italy better represents the power and vision of a single family and their political project.
2. Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa
The Piazza dei Miracoli is probably the least traditional Italian piazza on this list.
It’s home to Pisa’s cathedral, battistero, “Monumental Cemetery”, and a certain crooked tower that you might have heard of. The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 177 years to complete, but after just five years of construction the subsoil began to sink, causing the tower to lean.
Today, you’ll find most tourists at a particular point in front of the tower getting the “I’m propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa” shot.