Writer Polly Coles reads her first essay about Italy’s public spaces. The Piazza is the social, political and emotional heart of Italian communities from hamlets to great cities.
Writer Polly Coles reads the first of her essays about Italy’s public spaces: The Piazza, the centre of every Italian community from hamlets to great cities. Italian life is famously lived out of doors. Its public spaces are prized and replicated far beyond its borders and the world flocks to partake of its vivid, shared life of piazzas, streets, seafront promenades, churches and market places. In this series Polly looks at different outdoor spaces in Italy, revealing them as places of rich and ancient cultural diversity.
Beginning with the piazza, the beating heart of Italian identity, she suggests it reflects a very Italian need to be together in public.
Written and read by Polly Coles
Produced by Melanie Harris of Sparklab Productions