Often, when the goal of the next ones is decided holidays, happen to be misled by the excessive xenophilia that leads to a priori discard Italian destinations. In fact, most of those people who consider themselves genuine travelers have actually seen only a small percentage of the wonders that our "Bel Paese" offers. For example, few know that Italy is the most represented nation in all the rankings of most beautiful squares in the world.
Are you surprised? We had no doubts! But what are "ours" most beautiful squares famous in every corner of the globe? Find out in our staff top 10 of the most beautiful Italian squares, both from an architectural point of view and from an artistic / cultural point of view.
NB: The following ranking is the result of a survey that actively involved the members of the Community. Over 10.000 users were asked to express their preferences, choosing 10 squares from the over 100 selected by our editorial staff.
10 - Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples - Votes: 597
Piazza Plebiscito it is certainly one of the best known to Italians, in fact it has often been chosen as the location of important events and events due to its large size. This place has undergone heavy changes during the Napoleonic era and today its beauty is mainly due to the presence of buildings of considerable historical value and cultural, including the Basilica of San Francesco da Paola and the Royal Palace.
9 - Piazza Ducale, Vigevano - Votes: 622
We are sure that only a few of you know the beauty of this Renaissance pearl! Piazza Ducale, In the municipality of Vigevano, was built at the behest of the Sforza family in the last years of 1400. Beyond its undoubted architectural charm, the added value is given by the Pietro Bertolini shoe museum located inside the Castello Sforzesco which overlooks the side of the square.
8 - Piazza del Popolo, Ascoli Piceno - Votes: 654
"One of the most harmonious squares in Italy, pedestrian area and heart of the historic center." These are the words used by the historian Antonio Rodilossi to describe the town square of Ascoli Piceno. And in fact we cannot blame him ... Today it continues to be a point of reference, the most important meeting point of the city.
7 - Prato della Valle, Padua - Votes: 700
At the seventh position of our ranking is another little known square, the Prato della Valle.
We are talking about one of the largest in Italy, as well as by far the largest in the city of Padova, one of the least polluted cities in Italy. The current configuration is characterized by an original elliptical island surrounded by a small channel.
6 - Piazza Pretoria, Palermo - Votes: 728
A stupendous source that has no equal in Florence. Giorgio Vasari, a well-known Florentine artist, uttered these words as soon as he saw the masterpiece made.
In the heart of Palermo, capital of the Sicily Region, near the Quattro Canti, you find the fantastic Piazza Pretoria. This jewel of mannerism owes its rare beauty to the splendid fountain present in the center, sculpted in 1500 by the great Francesco Camilliani. Also known to most as "Piazza della Vergogna", due to the nakedness of the statues that make up the fountain, its affixing in the square was not taken well by the cloistered nuns of the Convent of Santa Caterina overlooking the square: it was they who renamed it "Piazza della Vergogna".
5 - St. Peter's Square, Rome - Votes: 895
In the fifth position we find a "very Italian" square, even if in reality it is not really located on Italian soil. We refer to Saint Peter Square di Vatican CityIn the historic center of Rome. Among the most visited squares in the world, also due to the Vatican Museums, in sixth place among the most visited museums in the world. For obvious cultural and religious reasons it probably is the most famous square in the world.
4 - Piazza Navona, Rome - Votes: 998
Close to the podium we have the famous Navona Square, whose shape closely resembles a stadium of the ancient era. Among the most characteristic of the Italian capital, Piazza Navona is also famous for being the place where it is celebrated every year Feast of the Befana on the occasion of the Epiphany.
3 - Piazza del Campo, Siena - Votes: 999
Piazza del Campo wins the third position thanks to his very particular shape which probably makes it the most original among the squares present in our top 10. Naturally it represents a "sacred" place for the Sienese citizens as it is here that the very important Palio, one of the most deeply rooted traditions of the city.
2 - Piazza San Marco, Venice - Votes: 1017
The main square of the most beautiful city in Italy wins "only" the silver medal. Between Byzantine domes, spiers e mosaics, it is not difficult to understand why this sublime place has been the favorite of Giacomo Casanova for his courtships.
1 - Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa - Votes: 1021
Square of Miracles di Pisa wins our special ranking and wins the gold medal. It is no coincidence that it has been included among the sites UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the topical place of the city's religious life due to the important ecclesiastical structures present. Furthermore, it is linked to one curious legend: it seems that on the side of the Cathedral there are strange signs on the marble, called the "devil's claws", whose number seems to vary every time you try to count them.