European Plazas: Sunny Days and Historical Ways

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	Piazza Santa Croce in Florence

Piazza Santa Croce in Florence

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Feb 5, 2013 —  At the heart of every big European city stands a plaza that pumps the proverbial blood throughout its bustling urban center. These plazas serve as an area for people to congregate, meet-up, or simply launch their day or night.

European plazas are steeped in rich history and flanked by significant churches, government buildings, concert halls, and feature various fountains and statues at their centers. Visiting a plaza in Europe is a good way to travel back in time a couple of hundred years to take a look at the city’s cultural roots.

Take Piazza Navona in Rome, for example, which was built in the 1st Century and is perfect for both locals and tourists alike to take a sunset stroll, down a glass of wine at an adjacent café, and meet a group of friends at Bernini’s impressive Baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers.

Or you can head over to Leicester Square in London and say hello to Shakespeare’s statue near the church of Notre Dame de France, while keeping your eyes peeled for a West End star and the unavoidable, nagging paparazzi.  

Don’t miss the countless must-see plazas throughout Europe; use them as a meeting point, opportunity to learn more about a city’s beginnings, or simply as a place to let your mind wander on a pleasant, sunshine-filled walk.

  • Plaça Reial

    Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Square

    Plaça Reial - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Square in Barcelona.
    Barcelona

    Plaça Reial
    08002 Barcelona

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  • Plaça Catalunya

    Outdoor Activity / Plaza / Square

    Plaça Catalunya - Outdoor Activity | Plaza | Square in Barcelona.
    Barcelona

    Plaça Catalunya, 1
    08002 Barcelona

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  • Piazzale Michelangelo

    Landmark / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Square

    Piazzale Michelangelo - Landmark | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Square in Florence.
    Florence

    Piazzale Michelangelo
    50122 Florence

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  • Piazza Santa Croce

    Landmark / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Square

    Piazza Santa Croce - Landmark | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Square in Florence.
    Florence

    Piazza Santa Croce
    50122 Florence

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  • Place Rossetti

    Outdoor Activity / Square

    Place Rossetti - Outdoor Activity | Square in French Riviera.
    French Riviera

    Intersection of Rue Mascoïnat, Rue Rossetti,
    and Rue du Pont Vieux
    06300 Nice

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  • Leicester Square

    Culture / Landmark / Nightlife Area / Shopping Area / Square

    Leicester Square - Culture | Landmark | Nightlife Area | Shopping Area | Square in London.
    London

    Leicester Square
    London WC2H 7

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  • Plaza de la Paja

    Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Plaza

    Plaza de la Paja - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Plaza in Madrid.
    Madrid

    Plaza de la Paja
    28005 Madrid

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  • Piazza Navona

    Landmark / Square

    Piazza Navona - Landmark | Square in Rome.
    Rome

    Piazza Navona
    00186 Rome

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  • Piazza del Popolo

    Shopping Area / Square

    Piazza del Popolo - Shopping Area | Square in Rome.
    Rome

    North end of Via del Corso
    00187 Rome

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  • Piazza di Spagna

    Landmark / Shopping Area / Square

    Piazza di Spagna - Landmark | Shopping Area | Square in Rome.
    Rome

    Piazza di Spagna
    00187 Rome

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  • Piazza San Marco

    Landmark / Shopping Area / Square

    Piazza San Marco - Landmark | Shopping Area | Square in Venice.
    Venice

    Piazza San Marco
    30124 Venice

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  • Erbaria

    Market / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Plaza

    Erbaria - Market | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Plaza in Venice.
    Venice

    Sotoportego de l'Erbaria
    30125 Venice

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What are your favorite European plazas?

Paul F. Feb 5, 2013
You can spend hours at any of these amazing plazas.
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