The largest public space in Corfu is the Spianada Square. It’s Italian name means “flatten” because it was originally used as an open space for military operations. Then it took shape as a tree-shaded park in the early 17th century. Also called Esplanade, it is one of the largest squares in Greece and across the Balkan Peninsula. This Music Pavilion is used for summer concerts by the philharmonics and other musicians. The area also hosts numerous festivals and events.