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Once Upon a Piazza

Anthony J. Tamburri (October 27, 2014)
In 1970 in Settefrati, a small town in Lazio, the piazza was a meeting place for the town’s citizens, a shopping center, a playground, a resting spot, a political forum. And it still is...


My first experience with an Italian piazza was, to my surprise, the only piazza in the town that I had visited back in 1970. Then, that small town in Lazio, Settefrati, at the top of the mountains in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, had a winter population of a few hundred people. Fortunately, I got there in July.

Anthony J. Tamburri is Professor and Dean at the Calandra Institute

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