One cannot make a selection of the town’s squares without citing Piazza Libertà, ”the most beautiful Venetian Square on the mainland". It is the monumental centre of Udine, enclosing the 14th century Loggia del Lionello, the 16th century Loggia di San Giovanni, the Monumento alla Pace, built by Napoleon, the Statue della Giustizia, and those of Hercules and Caco.
Going up to the castle and down along the walk that starts alongside the Church of Santa Maria in the castle, you will arrive in Piazza Primo Maggio: in the past known as the "Big Garden" which was once the home to markets, fairs and shows, and big enough to accommodate the ancient St. Catherine's fair for more than 500 years on the 25th of November each year,
Just a short distance away from Piazza Libertà is Udine’s meeting place: Piazza Matteotti (also known as Piazza San Giacomo or Piazza delle Erbe): a regular square shape, it is surrounded by ancient houses with some still having frescos and others incredible roof terraces. In the middle of the square is the sixteenth century fountain by Giovanni da Udine.
Crossing via Canciani you reach Piazza XX Settembre with the neoclassical facade of Palazzo Kechler. This was once the ancient grain square, or rather the place once used to trade in grain.
From here it takes just a moment along Via Cesare Battisti to arrive in Piazza Garibaldi, right next to the Giardino del Torso and the Municipal Recreation centre.
Along this mini tour of the squares you will notice, with pleasure, many restaurants and trattorias for a pleasant gastronomic experience and the ritual of the tajut, a good glass of wine from Friuli with a breadstick with San Daniele ham and a taste of Montasio!