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Old May 14th, 2017, 07:27 PM   #1
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Le Piazze d'Italia | The squares of Italy

Le piazze d'Italia | The squares of Italy

Hi, guys! In this thread, I'll show you the squares from all over Italy

The Italian piazza, the very core of the community, the second home of Italians, a magic balance of nuance and human scale that has grown beautiful through usage over hundreds, even thousands, of years. At its best it is an island of tranquillity, a convenient place to meet, market place, concert venue, "playground", etc. The piazza has a special place in Italian lifestyle: it plays a much greater role in daily life. There is nothing to compare with a "passeggiata" through main town piazza and enjoy it.

When the ancient Romans built their towns, they began with a road grid based on two main thoroughfares, the cardum and decumanum. Where these two roads crossed was considered sacred ground. This open space was dominated by an imposing temple on one flank, a civic building on another with a central marketplace, sometimes with colonnaded shops and tenements above. As the Roman Empire collapsed, the rise of the Comuni dictated the shape of urban architecture. This period in history created what is arguably one of the greatest piazzas of all time. Thousands and thousands of Italian cities and villages reached their peak during the Renaissance. The town became the symbol of power and new piazzas were designed by great architects for the first time.

But the Italian piazza needs people, it embraces and envelopes its populace. People are its decoration, like jewels in a necklace. The Italian piazzas are a theatrical stage where sit and listen to the players
You can be born in Milan or found yourself in it, by chance. And it feels like you’ve chosen it.

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The history: http://www.rerumromanarum.com/2016/1...e-di-roma.html

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