You know you're in Rome when you don't go more than a few blocks without running across a famous piazza. These ubiquitous squares are often a revelation after traversing the narrow boulevards of the city, and some are truly well utilized spaces, doing much to add a timeless grandeur to a simple stroll or a packed day of site-seeing.
There are a few that are quite touristy (the Piazza di Spagna with its Spanish Steps and the Piazza di Trevi with its fountain of the same name come to mind) and a number of small squares that do well to beautify the city. We've got three in mind worth checking out.
Our first is Piazza Navona in the old city, which is home to three exquisite fountains, as well as a ton of cafes and restaurants where you'll be able to kick back and do some real people watching. In Trastavere, on the other side of the Tiber, you'll encounter the Piazza di Santa Maria. You'll find one of Rome's oldest churches here (Santa Maria), but the octagonal fountain and the lively social traffic and reliable nightlife are the real standouts. Finally, Campo di Fiori is the type of square where you aren't constantly overwhelmed by the monumental, and instead serves as a vibrant market and meeting place. This is where you go when you've seen enough massive obelisks and antiquated churches and are looking to pick up a few curios and enjoy the pleasant chaos of conversation; stick around after the sun goes down for lively nightlife vibe.
Such a summary gives you only a few ideas; for further information on the piazzas of Rome, check out the included website or refer back to our extensive culture page summary.
Note:Campo di Fiori has been featured on our map.