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“Some kinda Football Pitch!!”
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Piazza Santa Croce
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“Some kinda Football Pitch!!”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

This beautiful piazza in front of the Chiesa di Santa Croce is used every year over the weekend when Florence celebrates it's Patron Saint John the Baptist. The 4 key quarters of the City put on a mock medieval football match in which they start at least in ful medieval flag throwers costumes ! Each quarter fights manfully to win the ancient prize of a fatted calf and generally this means he has his clothes - if not his ears - torn off during this feriocious battle!! The match is held in rememberance of a famous football match held during the Siege of Florence in 1529 when they were trying to persuade the enemy at the Gates that these exhausted people were still fit and spritely enough to enjoy themselves - look carefully along the walls on either side of the Piazza and you will find the kick off points from which they have to start the game - after that it seems there are no holds barred!!
Another intersting feature of the Piazza is the enormous statue of Dante - in the time of the flood in 1966 the water came to just below his feet - imagine this icon of the City looked as if he were walking on water ...! Great at Xmas time too when the Piazza is filled with markets

Visited November 2012
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“Real Neighborhood Experience”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We spent 3 days in Florence, searching for where the locals hang out during their off hours, and finally discovered this place on our final evening. The church at the far end is lit up at night, and the Piazza is lined with street lamps, casting a warm glow on everything. People come here walking their dogs, children run by in the midst of impromptu soccer games, lovers stroll past. We relaxed on a bench while eating our gelato, listening to the smooth notes of a jazz duet bouncing off the surrounding buildings. There are also a few restaurants along the outskirts of the piazza, though we did not try any out while here. Also, there is no car traffic nearby, which makes the entire place that much more quiet and enjoyable. I wish we had happened upon this square SO much sooner!

Visited September 2012
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“Large open space”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Huge plaza with nice old building around surrounding the Basilica of S. Croce. Ringed around on one side with restaurants with outside seating for a price. Stores around catering to tourists looking for Italian leather.

Visited September 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Good People-Watching”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Lots of activity, many children playing in the Piazza. Architecture was interesting, but for us it was simply the path to get to the Basilica.

Visited October 2012
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“not the public place it once was”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

When we were there, half of the piazza was blocked off for some exhibition in a bunch of very modern, temporary trailers. It was very jarring, as was the music they were blasting.

Visited September 2012
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