Piazza Navona, Rome
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.
If you visit Rome then dont forget to see this street. We had a great time here. Only because of time constraint we had to leave the place :-( The fountain, noise of the gushing water, a lady with guitar singing some romantic songs, aroma of the pizza from the restaurants and the yummy Gelato. The place was really a must see. Do not miss this place. The best way to explore Rome is by walk. Just keep walking as much as possible. We walked about 18 kms in 2 days and that is how we enjoyed the great Roman Empire.
Fondest memory: All the fountains and the amazing huge structures and the streets of Rome.
In ancient Roman times forum (square) was one of the most important part in the town, no matter if Rome, Aquileaia, Pompei or other towns established by the Romans. It was huge open space and all roads or city streets led directly to the forum.
Forum was the place where people came to see and to be seen, to exchange the news, ghossips, to trade or doing all other things we still do when coming to our city squares.
Fondest memory: Piazza Navona isn't maybe the most beautiful square in the Rome but it is one of the most popular and people get here very gladly, no matter if locals or tourists. It is the square which, in some way, connects ancient Rome and Vatican, you cannot miss it when strolling around.
Fontana del Moro (Fountain of the Moor) located here at Piazza Navona.
Located at the southern end of Piazza Navona you will find Fontana del Moro, designed by Giacomo della Porto. It is said that Bernini built the central figure, a Triton riding a dolphin and which resembles a "moor". There are four statues in all located in the fountain.
Fondest memory: There are three distinct fountains found here at Piazza Navona, The Fountain of Four Rivers, Fountain of the Moors and the Fountain of Neptune.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers)
Fondest memory: Located her in Piazza Navona is the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The rivers represented in the fountain are the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile and the Rio de la Plata. They are arranged on a steep rocky reef from which a Roman obelisk taken from the Cirucus of Maxentius rises up into the air. Rumor has it that sculptures on the fountain symbolize the rivalry between Bernini and Borromini. Innocent the X first commissioned Borromini, but Bernini obtained the comminssion by corrupting Donna Olimpia, the Pope's sister-in-law.
The Piazza Navona is said to be the most famous and most beautiful of Rome's many squares. This large and lively square which attracts many tourists and locals alike features the three magnificent fountains - The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) the Fontana Moro (Foutain of the Moor) and the Fonatan del Nepttuno (Fountain of Neptune).
Fondest memory: The square is built on the former Domitian's stadium, built by emperor Domitian in 86 AD. This is why the square has a long and oval shape. I read in my guide book that this stadium had a larger arena than the Colosseum and was mainly used for festivals sporting events.
The stadiun was paved over to created Piazza Navona in the 15th century and remains of Domiitian's stadium are still visible in certain areas.
Located on the northern end of Piazza Navona you will find the Fontana di Nettuno (Foutain of Neptune), one of the three fountains located here.
Fondest memory: The Fontana del Nettuno which is also known as the Calderari was built by Giacomo della Porta (along with the other fountain, Fontana Moro). The statues of Neptune surrounded by sea nymphs were added in the 19th century.
Piazza Navona is characteristic for Rome; it's different from other squares.
This square is a good place to just sit down and relax. The square is surrounded by different interesting buildings. It's a quiet and wide square and also has a big fountain.
The stand out feature of Piazza Navona is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers - Danube, Ganges, Nile and Plate), which was created by Bernini. There are also two smaller fountains in the piazza as well, the Fontana del Moro and Fontana di Nettuno.
The main style of this piazza seems to be Baroque, and I read somewhere that some of the buildings in the area date back to the 17th Century. When I was there in the summer there were many artists selling their pictures, drawing portraits of people, there were also street entertainers, it was a very nice place to hang out.
Also in the nearby area there are quite a few shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Piazza Navona is the most popular of Rome's numerous public squares. The piazza is packed with tourists drawn by the many shops, restaurants and cafes that line the square. There are also an array of street buskers that you can watch here that perform throughout the day. I do not know about the legal status of these fellows as I witnessed one getting arrested. The police were kind of enough to let the young man finish his feats of magic and collect his rewards before the stepping in.
The square is shaped much like a Roman amphitheatre. This is because it evolved from a such an ancient stadium that stood here in the 1st century A.D. Little of the amphitheatre remains here today as what was left of it was destroyed in the 17th century when Pope Innocent X commissioned the building of the palaces and churches that now surround the square. The most famous church is Sant'Agnese in Agone which was designed by Borromini. Another notable feature of the piazza is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi which is considered to be one of Bernini's greatest creations.
Even though it was raining, people still come out in their hoardes, onto the streets and into the piazzas.
They still sit on the same bench and feed the same birds, the only difference being, that this time they have their raincoat with them!
I find this quite fascinating... they watch the people and the people watch them.
A lovely bit of Italian culture.
Almost saying 'stop rushing aorund and take in your surroundings!'.
Oh what a lovely memory I have of Piazza Navona by night ! I remember as I was walking, heading to Piazza Navona, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful fountains, the sparkling lights, the splashes of water, the artists, the singers, the cafeterias, the ice cream shops... I dream of Rome and I can see Piazza Navona !
Fondest memory: I guess apart from the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, must hold my fondest memories of Rome!
Piazza Navona, which was a five minute walk from our hotel is usually a hub of activity, except in the early morning (see photo). Evening is the most fun. All the restaurants are busy, mimes and street performers are abundant, magicians and musicians are entertaining the crowds, and artists are displaying their works.
Tre Scalini, one of Rome's most reknown restaurants is located on Piazza Navona. It was highly recommended by my good VT friend, pchamlis, but unforunately, we did not have enough evenings to eat there. I hear it is very good. If pchamlis says it is good, it must be good.
it's the heart of the town where now it's full of coffee bar, tea room and wine bar where tourist like spend most of the time....
il cuore della città dove si trovano i più famosi caffè, tea room e wine bar e dove ai turisti piace trascorrere il tempo
I loved walking around the area around the Piazza Navona - it has a wonderful ancient, relaxed and joyouse feel. The wonderful architecture, the palaces around the square all dressed up in different pastels to absorb the sun and create wonderful shadows. The fountains at each end gushing noisily and full of incredibly lifelike and engergetic sculpture - the intensity of life and of living well is around you. The pavement cafes are elegant and expensive, as are the pavement side boutiques full of beautiful souvenirs!
Fondest memory: What I miss about this place is the warmth and life of people who still have time to talk, to converse, to enjoy other's company, to be curious and charming as only Italians can be.
I am very envious of people living here! The sun probably has a lot to do with how personalities are developed, - I know I chill out more there than I do here in dull rainy England if you know what I mean!