The best picture for anyone who comes for the first time in Corfu is from the ship which, as if deliberately, comes in a slow pace to give you the opportunity to take a good look of the great medie
There is no better place to listen to the pulse of the old city than the place where its heart beats: the Spianada Square. A huge square, the largest in the Balkans as one will be told with pride by the locals, with fountains adorned with the lion of the Serenissima, gardens modelled on the British Royal Gardens and, of course, with its stone arches - the "Liston vaults". Spianada is separated to the Upper and Lower Square, two adjacent squares/parks that welcome all visitors to the daily ritual of Corfu residents. A Walk in the Upper Square will lead you to the Peristyle of Maitland with its Ionic columns - a plain, circular monument erected in honour of the first English Commissioner Thomas Maitland. You will also hear it being called "the cistern", as the monument covered an older Venetian cistern. A little further, on the circular platform, the Easter service takes place on Good Saturday every year, and some summer evenings the city bands play music here. In the Lower Square, you will see the famous Liston and the green, covered with grass, cricket field.
All city roads lead into this central point separating Spianada to the Upper and the Lower Square. The stone carved with the number zero, which is located here, marks the starting point of all measurements from the city.
It was the most important, in social terms, square in the years of the Venetians, the meeting point of the local society elite.
Liston, the street where the nostalgic atmosphere of the historic centre meets the energy of the island, is strongly reminiscent of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.
The road which starts from the centre of Liston, Nikiforou Theotoki street, used to be the main commercial artery of the city.
Boschetto in Italian means “small grove”. The Corfu Boschetto, enclosed by railings and lush with green plants and flowers, is located next to the entrance of the Old Fortress.
The most important religious monument on the island, the church of St. Spyridon, which houses the relics of the patron saint of the city, attracts thousands of believers who flock each year for pilgrimage.