Piazza Navona

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
574 reviews
Piazza Navona. Feb 04, 2017
This square was built on the site of the Domitian stadium. Here athletic games named "agones", chariot races and other sports were held. Since the 17th century until mid 19th century it was partially flooded for mock naval battles (naumachias). Piazza Navona also served as a marketplace from 1477 to 1869.

There are three fountains here. One of these is the fountain of the Four Rivers. It was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and was built by some of his pupils in 1651. The huge statues part of this fountain represent the four rivers known at that time. The Gange, the Danube, the Nile and the Rio de la Plata. The other fountains are; the Fountain of the Moor and the Fountain of the Neptune.

In piazza Navona there are two churches; the church of Saint Agnese in Agone and the church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. This square is surrounded by several restaurants, cafes and shops. A Christmas market is held every year here.
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Vikram Vikram
312 reviews
The heart of touristy Rome! May 17, 2014
Oh don't we ALL love a little "laze around by the fountain and the pretty square and the pretty girls" kind of moment in Europe! You have the parks in London, the magnificent promenades in Paris, the side parks by canals in Amsterdam and yes, THIS in Roma!

I really liked this place even though there isn't much touristy value out here. It's good to laze around, get in some breeze and be spoilt for choice between 3 sets of fountains, the middle one with an obelisk. There are restaurants, street hawkers and buskers, painters, trinket sellers, you name it... everything that goes into the word touristy. We returned here 2 days later for dinner and it was just as good!

Again, make no plans, don't expect anything out of it. It is what it is - a great "outlet" to watch life go by!
South end of the piazza (Fontana d…
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Vikram says:
LOL... we'll have to ask Sandhya that!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2014
anupa_rk says:
No pretty boys??!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2014
vances vances
581 reviews
In the market for a pleasant stop... May 12, 2012
An enjoyable public space in the heart of downtown Rome, Piazza Navona has lost any semblance of local charm, totally dominated by tourists and vendors targeting tourists. Regardless, there is a relaxing atmosphere, refuge from vehicular traffic and magnificent fountains. A total of three fountains occupy the piazza, with Bernini’s ‘Fountain of Four Rivers’ the clear jewel.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Italian, the Fountain of Four Rivers was intended to represent major waterways of the four continents where Catholicism had spread. A bit surprising, the “Americas” is one of the continents as Bernini created the masterpiece in 1651. The sculpture surrounds an Egyptian Obelisk, one of many plundered from the land of pharaohs at one time or another.

At the southern end of the piazza is The Moor Fountain, or Fontana del Moro, depicting a struggle between some dude and a large fish. Not as impressive as Bernini’s fountain, but stunning nonetheless, this piece is made from lovely rose colored marble and was the one attacked by a hammer wielding idiot in 2011. At the north end is the Neptune Fountain, also glorious and worth checking out.

Most of the vendors are artsy (lots of paintings) and during the evening a lot of street performers take up residence. There are many restaurants and gelato shops ringing the square, but there is a significant mark-up for location (plenty more options along side streets which are every bit as tasty and a bit easier on your wallet).

Definitely worth a stroll, day or night.
Piazza Navona at dusk
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Zagnut66 says:
I remember walking through here Vance but I didn't stay too long. Didn't know the significance of the fountains.
Posted on: Jun 24, 2014
Africancrab says:
well done!
Posted on: May 30, 2012
Koralifix says:
Congrats on today's feature, Vance! It's a beautiful place, isn't it?
Posted on: May 30, 2012
marcus_dahlberg marcus_d…
1 reviews
A place to start Dec 27, 2011
Not bad. It is a piazza where you can start. A lot of bars there and a lot of foreigner hangs around there. I suggest you go there and get a feel for it. Have a few drinks in the bars. Then you can start roaming around the backstreets that have a lot of interesting bars. Why not go twords logotevere. A very nice play to hang out too. Much more genuine and diversified in respect to piazza Navona.
adhouse adhouse
1 reviews
Piaza Navona Apr 17, 2011
when the sun comes out, take a cup of cafe and sit in one of the places around the Piaza. YOU will feel like you are in the most happy place in the world. roma roma you are too good to be true...i'm just going to do it now and feel like i'm the happiest person a live..join meeee
adriadri adriadri
7 reviews
Tre Scalini in Piazza Navona Sep 21, 2010
Don't forget to go to TRE SCALINI in Piazza Navona, is right in front of the main fountain, they have great 'gelato' and they sell the world famous 'TORTUFO', its made out of chocolate trouffle and its like a very rich brownie with topped whip cream its only 5Euros.

The tortufo is very sweet but its definitly worth it, i usually recommend to share it with someone since its very sweet.
nmcrae1 nmcrae1
17 reviews
May 31, 2007
Piazza Navona in Rome is definitely one of the city's most beautiful piazzas (piazze). The focal point is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, a stunning masterwork in true Bernini fashion. Situated near the east bank of the Tiber, Piazza Navona is only a short distance from other hotspots such as the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. Be wary of the piazza's many restaurant workers attempting to entice you and draw you into their tourist-heavy restaurants. You can get better food on any of Rome's many sidestreets for a fraction of the price. As a general rule, avoiding eating in any piazza in any large Italian city. Period. It will save you a lot of money and you will be able to have a more authentic travel experience.
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zoecricks zoecricks
4 reviews
Jun 29, 2007
If you love people watching and a great atmosphere come here! Day or night just sit and relax by the foundation, wander round the little shops (there is an amazing smoothie/gelati place as if you walking directly up away from the main street!) They have buskers and artists in the evenings and is totally safe!
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Eric says:
I used to walk through here all the time...No photos of the guy dressed up as the statue of liberty? ;)
Posted on: Jun 29, 2007
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Popular and Selected Piazza Navona Jun 18, 2006
Rome is famous for its many and beautiful piazzas aka squares.

This one is not an exception. It has an atmosphere popular and selected at same time.

There you will find the Neptune fountain, the Moro fountain and the St. Ines Church.

Terraces are full of characteristic cafes. If you are walking around the city, take a break here. Enjoy a nice cup of coffee and relax watching the people.
Neptune fountain
El Moro Fountain
St. Ines Church

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