If you are thinking about visiting the beautiful county of Italy, you must go see some of the famous squares in Italy, otherwise known as piazzas in Italian. Most towns in Italy have a town square, as this is usually a central location for meeting places, etc. There are many of these squares to pick from, but since you can’t possibly see all the squares in Italy in one visit, take the time to at least see these 10:
1. The PIAZZA DEL POPOLO, ROME
The Piazza del Popolo, which means the people’s square is a very beautiful example of a square in Rome. Designed by Giuseppe Valadier, it’s on the northern end of Via del Corso and inside the Porta Flaminia or Flaminian Gate. It holds 3 churches, including the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, as well as two twin churches called Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. There is also two fountains as well as the Egyptian obelisk called Obelisco Flaminio.
2. The PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA, FLORENCE
The Piazza della Signoria is the main square in Florence. It’s been called other names over the centuries, to include Piazza dei Priori and Piazza del Granduca. This square is shaped like an L and within it are some famous statues, to include the Fountain of Neptune, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, Hercules and Cacus and David. Also within this square is the Tribunale della Mercanzia or Tribunal of Merchandise in English.
3. The PIAZZA DEL PLEBISCITO, NAPLES
This is a very beautiful square bordered by the Palazzo Reale or Royal Palace and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. Within this famous piazza are two horse statues featuring Charles the 3rd and Ferdinand of Bourbon. Plus you can also see the Palace of the Prefecture or Palazzo dell Prefettura in Italian.
4. The PIAZZA NAVONA, ROME
Another of the famous squares in Italy is the Piazza Navona. It is original site of an old Roman stadium, which is why it is oval shaped. It’s been a piazza from the 16th century until modern times and is designed in the Baroque Roman type of architecture. Within this square sits the Fontana dei Quattro or Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as another fountain, the Fontana del Moro or Moor Fountain and the Fountain of Neptune. If you love churches you can see the Church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.
5. The PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, SIENA
The Piazza del Campo has a hemicyclic shape, which means it looks like a shell. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. Within this square is the famous Palazzo Pubblico, which was built in the fourteenth century, along with another famous building that was built half a century later called the Torre del Mangia. And don’t miss the Fonte Gaia, which is located at the northwesterly side of the piazza.
6. The PRATO DELLA VALE, PADUA
The Prato della Valle is not only famous, it is also the biggest and holds more than 88,000 square meters of land. It dates clear back to the eighteenth century and actually has its own island, which is called Isola Memmia and there’s a canal circling it. This huge square has a whopping 78 statues in it. These statues are all of vary people who at one time were linked to the city. There is also a palace called Loggia Amulea as well as the lovely Basilica of Santa Giustana and lots of other historic building that were constructed in the timeframe between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries.
7. The Piazza di Spagna
Don’t miss seeing The Piazza di Spagna or The Spanish Steps in English. It is quite famous because it has been used as a setting in many movies and films. It is considered to be a symbol of wealth and glamour. You can find this famous piazza between the Trinita dei Monit and the Pincio. Walk to the middle of this square and you’ll find a beautiful fountain called the Fountain of Baraccia.
8. The Piazza della Rotonda
Another name for the Piazza della Rotonda is the Piazza del Pantheon due to the Pantheon dominating this famous square. The Pantheon was built as a temple to the Roman gods, but this function changed several times, and ow it is actually a Catholic church. This square also has a lovely fountain known as the Fontana della Rotonda, that Giacomo della Porta designed in the 1500s. Another interesting feature of this square is the obelisk of Ramesses.
9. The Piazza San Marco, VENICE
Another of the famous squares in Italy is located in Venice. It’s called the Piazza San Marco. It’s also considered as one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. This famous square holds several religious as well as cultural and historic items. Some of these include the Doge’s Palace, as well as the St. Mark’s Basilica, the famous Torre dell Orologio or Clock Tower. Another tower there is called the St. Mark’s Bell Tower or Campanile di San Marco in Italian. Plus you can see the Sansovino National Library and the Correr Museum.
10. Piazza San Pietro
And finally, yet another of the famous squares in Italy is the Piazza San Pietro. It’s a symbol of the Christian Catholic Church life and many people visit it no matter what their faith is. The Piazza San Pietro was designed by Bernini, who made it look like a circle that holds several columns and 140 statues that represent Catholic saints. And take a look skyward to view the famous window where the Pope come to bless and greet Catholics who come to worship on Sundays.
All in all Italy is a very historic and beautiful place to visit in all of Europe. If you take a trip to this glorious place, then don’t miss seeing