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Hit some of the best piazzas during your tour of Italy

Piazzas are an integral aspect of Italy tours and are a big part of what makes the country so charming. Each city has its own unique squares, and every one is appealing in its own way. Of course, as is the case with most tourist draws, there are certain piazzas that stand above the rest. Whether you find yourself in Florence, Venice or Rome, you should have a particular piazza in mind. Here are some of the best that you should consider adding to your itinerary:

Piazza del Campo
Located in Siena, Piazza del Camp was first laid out in the 12th century and has been a hub of activity ever since. Today, it is most famous for being home to the Palio di Siena, one of the largest festivals in the country. Held twice each year - once in July and once in August - the event is mostly known for the Corteo Storico, a costume parade that attracts visitors from all over the world. There are also some historic highlights in the square Fonte Gaia, which is nearly 600 years old. 

Piazza San Marco
Few public squares are home to more popular attractions than Venice's Piazza San Marco. The square is replete with compelling landmarks including the breathtaking St. Mark's Basilica. Arguably one of Italy's best known buildings, this stunning piece of Byzantine architecture dates back nearly 1,200 years. Aside from its age, the basilica is famous for its size as well as the incredible detail throughout its interior and exterior. You should also pay a visit to Museu Correr to get a sense of the rich history and culture of Venice.

Piazza del Duomo
Sicily is certainly not lacking when it comes to Italian charm, and it is on full display on the island's Piazza del Duomo. Located in the town of Siracusa, the square is most well-known for its Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, a centuries-old town house that stands as an impressive example of Baroque design. You can also take the opportunity to visit the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia. For some more contemporary history, you should explore the town's hypogeum, which were built to sustain air raids during World War II. 

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