"Renaissance piazza"

Open city square in a European town dating from the Renaissance. “Piazza” is an Italian word, but Italian piazzas have their equivalents in Spain (“plaza”), Greece, Britain, and most other European countries.

Panoramic view of the Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePanoramic view of the Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy - Credit: Dodo

The piazza offers a safe, open public space for citizens to congregate, stroll, and visit. Often, prominent public buildings such as the town hall will face the piazza, as well as sidewalk cafés and other storefronts.