Where Angels Come to Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza – by Vincenzo Pietropaolo and Mark Frutkin


With a Foreword by Ken Greenberg

“Italy is indeed the kingdom of the piazza, the ubiquitous city square that is a key element in Italian architecture as well as its social, economic and cultural life – and the reason so many Italian cities today remain civilized places to live. Piazzas offer vibrant, diverse spaces that continually recreate and revitalize the urban environment. Many of them also happen to be extraordinarily beautiful.”

– Excerpt from Where Angels Come to Earth

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Longbridge Books

Publication Date: December 2019
ISBN:  978-1-928065-15-9

Hardcover with dust jacket
English: 160 pages
120 photos (in Colour and Black & White)

Cover Price: $79.95
Special Pre-Order Price until October 15, 2019: $59.95

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Where Angels Come to Earth is a visual and lyrical journey through Italy’s piazzas, and a celebration of the richness and diversity of Italian culture. The piazzas featured in this book – some famous, some lesser-known – are still used today by local residents as gathering spaces, reflecting both the grit and beauty of daily life in Italy. The book is a guide to tourists in search of diverse Italian destinations and as a memento of cities visited.

 “This book is an enchantment, a beautiful combination of
photographs and poetry that makes you long to have a piazza in your own life.”
– Elizabeth Hay


“This is a critical book for our time.”
– Ken Greenberg

The combined creative voices of photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo and writer Mark Frutkin come together to present a poetic and thought-provoking look at the Italian worldview reflected in the humanity and social integrity of the Italian piazza.


Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers, Vincenzo Pietropaolo is the author of nine books on art and photography. He was born in Calabria, Italy, and now lives in Toronto.

Mark Frutkin is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, several of which are set in Italy. His books have won or been shortlisted for major literary prizes, including the Trillium, Governor General’s, Commonwealth Writers and Sunburst awards.


Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg