In the Mediterranean Countries (Italy, Spain, France, Greece…) the central square (Agorà in Greek, Forum in Latin) has always been the heart of the city. The place where people meet, politician gave their speeches, markets and public shows took place.
The most important Italian Churches have a beautiful piazza in front of them.
The most glamour restaurants and bars are in a nice piazza
Many of the most important events take place on a square: the palio in Siena
Concerts, festivals, opera…
– E allora, dove ci vediamo stasera?
– In piazza!
(- ‘And so, where do you wanna meet this night?
– ‘In the piazza!’)