The best Italian squares

The best Italian squares

Square (or piazzas, in Italian) for the Italians is a gathering place where they meet and communicate and where important events are held. Usually piazzas are lined with cafes and shops. Here is a list of the best Italian squares.

Campo de’ Fiori (Field of Flowers in English)

It used to be a meadow during Middle Ages where many public executions took place. One of the most famous was the philosopher Giordano Bruno, burned at the stake on the exact spot where his statue now stands. The square also houses Rome’s oldest market.

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Location: Piazza di Campo de’ Fiori, 00186 Rome

Nearby sights: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill

Nearby hotels: Albergo Del Sole Al Biscione, Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori, Hotel Lunetta

Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della SignoriaSituated in at the very centre of the Florence, the square has always been considered its political and social heart. It takes name from its most distinguishing feature, the Palazzo della Signoria. You will also find the amazing Neptune Fountain on the square.

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Location: 50122, Florence

Nearby sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio

Nearby hotels: Hotel Axial, Hotel Brunelleschi, Hotel L’Orologio

Piazza San Marco

This is the most famous square located in Venice. The incredible Basilica San Marco and the Doge’s Palace are located here.

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Location: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venezia

Nearby sights: Canal Grande, Palazzo Ducale, Basilica di San Marco

Nearby hotels: Antica Casa Coppo, Baglioni Hotel Luna, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal

Piazza di Spagna

Located at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, this is one of the most famous squares in Rome. It owes its name to the Palazzo di Spagna, seat of the Embassy of Spain. In the middle of the square is the Fontana della Barcaccia, dating to the beginning of the baroque age and sculpted by Berninis, father and son.

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Location: Piazza di Spagna, 20, 00187 Rome

Nearby sights: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill

Nearby hotels: Hotel Savoy, Royal Suite Trinita dei Monti, Hotel Panda

Piazza Navona

The square used to be a competition arena. Nowadays it is a public place and features three beautiful fountains. A yearly Christmas market is held here. The modern piazza is a lively place, closed to traffic where both locals and tourist like to spend time.

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Location: Piazza Navona, Rome

Nearby sights: Borghese Gallery, Colosseum, Pantheon

Nearby hotels: Best Suites Navona, Hotel Raphael, Hotel Cicerone

Piazza VeneziaPiazza Venezia

A highly traffic congested square is located at the center of Rome. It takes its name from Venice, after the Venetian Cardinal, who had built Palazzo Venezia, and currently hosts the National Museum. Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), an immerse white marble monument dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel II, is dominating the square.

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Location: Piazza Venezia – Rioni Pigna, Trevi, Campitelli, 00187 Rome

Nearby sights: Borghese Gallery, Colosseum, Pantheon

Nearby hotels: Hotel De Monti, Hotel Mancino 12, Hotel Piazza Venezia

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