Live Florence: Is the Piazza really the only public toilet?

One might walk around Florence and find there aren’t any public toilets, this can be particularly challenging if you’re pregnant. But based on my experience, and with Florence being a rather small city I am going to point out some toilets – arguably public and most importantly free.

There are some great toilets at Il Mercato Centrale, they’re usually clean and the food court at the market is open 10am to 12pm, 7 days a week. And being quite central this is a very convenient choice. Continue reading “Live Florence: Is the Piazza really the only public toilet?”

An independent gathering

Florence’s Piazza dell’Indipendenza is a hot spot for gatherings, large groups of people can be found here from Fridays through to Sunday. Having long lunches that proceed well¬†into the evening. Drinking wine from plastic cups and food served from plastic containers. It is quite the family affair.

The gathering that catches my eye everyday however is a different sort of gathering, it is the statue in the middle of the piazza, not the main part of the statue –¬†Ubaldino Peruzzi, the first mayor of Florence – but more-so the impressive plaque on the base.

A medieval piazza encircled by a boundary of buildings

Lucca’s Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is encircled by a boundary of curved buildings.