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One thing I really liked about Italy was the piazza’s, especially those in small towns and villages. They are an extension of the home and a place where community life takes place. We saw a public meeting in a piazza in San Quirico d’Orcia, I think the local politicos were putting forth their views regarding the E.U. Elections. We saw the elderly taking late afternoon walk s; catching up with friends and sharing news. We saw young couples sitting outside while their children rode bikes or kicked balls. We saw people enjoying a coffee or glass of wine. This to me was something so precious, young and old spending time in each other’s company rather than being shut away behind doors. A time shared.

Whether large (piazzone) or small (piazzetta), a piazza welcomes everyone, regardless of gender, age, economics or social class —including tourists. If you want a deeper sense of how Italians live, find a comfortable spot on a pretty piazza and just wait.

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