Florence’s most lively square is dominated by the blank, unfinished facade of Brunelleschi’s last church. Lined with trees and centered around a pretty fountain, the piazza plays host to a small daily market (where local ladies do their shopping) and a buzzy night-time bar and restaurant scene. In the evenings, during the long, hot summer, café and restaurant tables spill onto the square, the place fills with revelers, and the action plays out well into the wee hours.
At the heart of the bohemian, arty Oltrarno neighborhood, Piazza Santo Spirito sits off of the beaten path of tourist sites. The square is lined with cafés and restaurants, hosts a small daily market and is home to Brunelleschi’s last church. For centuries, this has been an artisan district, and you can visit the workshops of restorers, furniture painters, ironmongers, upholsterers, picture framers and bookbinders in the surrounding streets.