Livorno's Piazzas

Piazza or Square?

View of Piazza GrandeView of Piazza Grande The word Piazza in Italian is often translated as ‘square’ in English, as in Piazza San Marco – St Mark’s Square in Venice. However,  an Italian Piazza rarely has that regular four-sided shape that the word ‘square’ seems to indicate. In fact, piazzas come in all shapes and sizes, the smaller ones known as piazzette which are sometimes just a widening of the road.