Europe's Top Public Squares

Posted by Fodor's Community Members on November 05, 2010 at 10:56:46 AM EDT | Post a Comment
If you've been to Europe, you undoubtedly have a favorite square, whether it's a piazza, campo, place, platz, or plaza. Members in our forums recently shared their opinions, and Italy lead the list. There's just something special about these oh-so-European places. As member LowCountryIslander remembers, "my breath was taken away one evening when I rounded the corner . . . Maybe it was because the sun was setting and made the yellow buildings glow, or because the twinkling lights were coming on at all the cafes lining the square, but it just felt magical to me." Read the full conversation here and add your favorites to the forums or the comments below. Piazza-San-Marco.jpg Florence "I also love Piazza della Signoria in Florence." —cathies Krakow "The square in Krakow is among the finest. I loved sitting there in the evening with a glass of wine listening to the hooves of the fiacre horses clip-clopping as they go by, watching the flower vendors selling their blooms until late in the evening, and seeing the man waving from the top of the basilica after he sounds his trumpet. It's a wonderful sensory experience." —adrienne London "Trafalgar Square, London - something about Nelson's column that makes it magic as does the National Gallery on its north end and great for people watching." —PalenQ "Have any of you seen Smith Square in London, with St. John's church in the middle of it? St. John's is called the "Footstool church" because it looks like an upturned footstool, with towers or belfries on each corner. Go there and hear a concert some Sunday afternoon, after having a delicious snack in the basement cafe." —taconictraveler Moscow "we search out the squares, whether it be in a small village or large city. We savor these moments, almost as much as if we were visiting a famous art museum. I'll add Red Square in Moscow. Huge, yes, but oh the history and surroundings." — swisshiker Paris "I'll agree that Place de la Concorde [and] Places des Vosges . . . are all nice for the views they offer." —Michel_Paris Prague "Old Town Square in Prague immediately comes to mind, as well." —Kwoo Rome "The Vatican - the square in the front with its curving collonades is so so majestic . . . " —PalenQ Santiago "Plaza de Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela, with the pilgrims ending their long treks." —HappyTrvlr Tuscany "I also love . . . the Campo in Siena, . . . and the main piazza in Greve in Chianti."— mamcalice Venice "No place like Piazza San Marco!"— DRJ Photo Credit: San Marco Plaza by trait2lumiere / iStockphoto

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  • Publius on Dec 23, 10 at 02:32 PM

    Yes, Piazza San Marco and the Campo in Siena are outstanding.

    I like Leicester Square for hanging out but Trafalgar Square is spectacular.

    I really like Marienplatz in Munich also.

  • debbymiao on Nov 18, 10 at 10:08 PM


  • Venezia123 on Nov 16, 10 at 02:39 PM

    Piazza San Marco No place like it.

  • ronko on Nov 14, 10 at 05:59 PM

    Zaragoza Spain is quaint and the area is loaded with historical sites

  • risab on Nov 12, 10 at 09:16 PM

    Rome's Piazza Del-Rotundo (Pantheon) especially at night when it is lit up.
    & Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere....could sit in both Piazza's all day

  • bellini on Nov 11, 10 at 10:02 AM

    The Campo in Siena with a close second being Trafalgar Square in London.

  • poetess on Nov 10, 10 at 05:22 PM

    Rome's Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo and Piazza Santo Spirito in Florence.

  • shangrila on Nov 10, 10 at 10:03 AM

    Budapest's Vorosmarty Ter or Liszt Ferenc Ter

  • jandreson on Nov 10, 10 at 09:54 AM

    I completely agree with Trafalgar Square in London. Not only do you have Nelson's column and the National Gallery, but you have a beautiful view of Big Ben. It's central to everything and truly stunning.

  • MaureenGP on Nov 10, 10 at 09:35 AM

    Old Town Square in Prague is probably my favorite, also, but I also love the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

  • carmar on Nov 7, 10 at 01:14 PM

    Piazza Navona in Roma. Beautiful statues, great people watching and surrounding back lanes are filled with restaurants and shops. Also love Campo in Siena and Piazza San Marco and main piazza on Lake Orta in Northern Italy.

  • artebella on Nov 5, 10 at 07:32 PM

    Piazza di Spagna... I lived above the square and returned many, many times. It has a magical quality during all times of day and seasons of the year. Thrilling from any viewpoint.

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