What a focal point is varies greatly with each square. Sometimes it is as simple as a good spot to sit, a fountain, or a statue on which kids can play and climb. The ones we are interested in are the ones that are swarming with people.
The architecture of most city halls in many countries, follows one of three models: The Freestanding Icon, The Secure Fortress, or the Generic Office Block. However, city halls in Italy follow a fourth model – The Center of the Community.
In Italy, the shop downstairs is put to many good uses
The role that place plays for a country coming out of lockdown
In praise of sociability—the active ingredient of everyday life
A regular stroll through town is not just fun—it also boosts our sense of community