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The Grand Opening of Piazza Imo included a procession led by an Italian band and a blessing of the historic neighborhood’s newest landmark.

Italian Piazza Dedicated in St. Louis

The iconic Hill neighborhood in south St. Louis, Missouri, has recently finished the Piazza Imo, across from historic St. Ambrose Church. What was once a vacant lot has been turned into a lush 11,000 square foot garden, with imported Italian granite walkways and a beautiful Carrara marble fountain as its centerpiece.

The Piazza was built with money raised from donations. It features custom-made iron gates handcrafted for the space. The gates open up to an area where benches line the stone walkway and chess tables sit under the trees. A prayer garden is located in the back of the Piazza.

A non-profit Board came up with the idea to build the Piazza in The Hill to celebrate the area’s rich Italian American heritage. The Imo Family donated the land and the ornate gates. The Frisella Family Foundation donated the fountain imported from Italy. The grand opening began with a prayer service at St. Ambrose Church, followed by a procession across the street from the Piazza.