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One of the things I miss most about Italian cities and towns--and ones in other European countries, as well--are the town squares sprinkled all over the place, and often closed to traffic, where people can eat, hang out, shop on market days, and generally enjoy life. Be they called piazzas, places, platzes, pleins, or squares, I love 'em.

Of course we have outdoor dining in US cities. But for the most part it consists of a few tables jammed on the sidewalk fronting a busy street. That's not what I mean. Some cities in the US have proper public squares that serve as focal points for such uses, but not nearly enough.

Anyhow, I miss the ones in Florence already, esp. modest-sized Piazza Santo Spirito, where we'd go almost every evening for spritz or dinner while we were there a few weeks ago. Sigh.
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