Piazza Navona, Rome

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    Naval Battles

    by OttoMarzo Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    It's rather unbelievable that romans used what now is one of the most beautiful squares of the world, as a training camp for their naval battles. In time Bernini, Borromini and some other myths built up wonderful things. One trick? They say Bernini's Fountain's main charachter has his hand on his face because he was scared that church (built by Borromini) may crash down on him; it's fake, the fountain was built before. And: do you know why in Europe we say that people from Portugal don't pay tickets? In 19th century the Brazilian Embassade in Piazza Navona organized a party and Brazilian people that wanted to go wouldn't pay. Portugueses, using same language, said they were Brazilians, got inside and ate for free! Anyway, take a walk in the small streets behind the main church... they're great! This square must be visited between Jan 1st and Jan 6th.

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    Piazza Navona

    by Polly74 Updated Jun 24, 2005

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    This piazza, which follows the plan of an ancient circus, was built in monumental style by the family of Pope Innocent X (Pamphili).
    It sums up the Roman style of the 17th century. The church of Sant' Agnese was designed by Borromini and Rainaldi, the two fountains are by Bernini, and Pietro da Cortona painted the gallery in the Pamphili palace.

    During Christmas period, this piazza is fully crowded with carousels and counters selling toys and sweets. A paradise for children!!

    Roberto in front of one fountain in piazza Navona
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    Best People Watching Spot in Rome

    by buzzz Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Piazza Navona is the lovliest Piazza in Rome in my humble opinion. It's filled with cafe's, street performers, artists. It's centrepiece is the famous Bernini Fountain of Four rivers. I could spend hours mooching around this Piazza.

    Piazza Navona Some Chinese Drummers.
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    The Beautiful Oval Shaped Piazza Navona

    by deecat Updated May 11, 2005

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    My very favorite Piazza in Rome is Piazza Navona, which is oval in shape because it was built to be used for athletic contests, chariot races, as well as other sporting events. It stands above the remains of the Circus of Domitian and preserves its original form.

    There are three beautiful fountains in this Piazza. The one I like best is officially called Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini. Most people call it the Fountain of the Four Rivers. It serves as a base for the Egyptian obelisk brought to Rome from the Circus of Maxentius.

    Those rivers of the world are: the Nile, the Plate, the Ganges, and the Danube. Sculptured Figures are seated on rock ledges, and each figure represents one of the Rivers.

    It's difficult to take a photo that encompasses the entire fountain. The photograph is of a section from the Fountain of the Four Rivers

    Another fountain (also by Bernini) is called Fontana del Moro or (Fountain of the Moor). The one in the Piazza is really a copy.

    The third fountain is called Fontana di Neptuno (Fountain of Neptune).

    The Piazza is filled with artists. While there, we purchased four watercolors (The Pantheon, the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain), representing four important places we visited and enjoyed. The street artist did wonderful work as evidenced by the framed works that we have hanging in our Great Room here at home.

    Something is always going on here in Piazza Navona with sidewalk cafes and beautiful palaces to view.

    I strongly recommend Piazza Navona.

    Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona
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    overated

    by kdee69 Written Apr 12, 2005

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    People "love" Piazza Navona but I have never understood why. It is a large piazza with painters touting their wares in the middle accompanied by the usual "tat" vendors. Restaurants adorn every side and waiters beckon you in as you stroll around.
    Beware though, these restaurants are far more expensive than the just as busy side streets and the food quality tends to be worse too. There are much nice parts of Rome to sit and people watch.

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    PIAZZA NAVONA

    by STEFZAMM Updated Mar 23, 2005

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    Piazza Navona is another typical Roman Piazza, surrounded by nice buildings, Restaurants, shops and Cafe's while attracting Tourists with its Bernini fountains and very good oil painters who can paint Piazza Navona so perfect for anyone to take home and live Piazza Navona everytime they look at the painting.

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    Piazza Navona

    by effeti Written Mar 23, 2005

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    Piazza Navona has still the shape of the ancient "circus" (or horse race stadium) that once it was.
    Still one of the most lively and nice spots of Rome, and a obvious place to visit.
    So the shape is ancient roman, the architecture (and its fountains...The pictures in one of them) are pure renaissence style.

    Fontana del Nettuno by night
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    Piazza Navona

    by Julius_Caesar Written Feb 12, 2005

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    Rome’s most beautiful Baroque piazza follows the shape of Domitian’s Stadium, which once stood on this site. The piazza’s inique appearance and atmosphere were created in the 17th century with the addition of the Fontana dei Fiumi. The other fountains, the Fontana di Nettuno and the Fontana del Moro, date from the previous century. The figure known as Il Moro is a late work by Bernini.

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    Piazza Navona, the elegant lady II

    by melissa_bel Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Now, the face of the allegoric figure of the Nile is veiled and it’s been subject to different interpretations. One of them is that, at the times, no one knew where the source of the Nile was. The other has to do Bernini’s career. Borromini, who designed the Church of Sant'Agnese was his rival . Bernini had been rumoured to have stolen the project from Borromini who was Innocent X's protege. A smaller monument had to be built but Bernini via the Pope's sister-in-law, Olimpia, convinced the pontiff to be the architect. The Nile and Rio della Plata figures were designed to shield their eyes from the church, as a sign of disdain. If you look at the statue of Sant'Agnese on top of church, you'll notice her gaze goes way over the piazza. Right back at ya, Bernini! . Although this part of the story doesn't seem likely because the fountain was finished before the construction of Sant'Agnese began. ....
    You will find a lot of street vendors will sell their fares (fake soccer jersey, fake bags…). If you really, really have to have one, don’t forget to barter or you’ll be ripped off.
    And don't hesitate to wander around the narrow streets behind Sant'Agnese with their little courtyard and cobblestones... It's a delight.
    I recommend Via del Governo Vecchio, they have lots of nice Vintage clothes stores.

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    Piazza Navona

    by Blatherwick Written Jan 6, 2005

    This is a great place to just hang out and people watch. Tourists and struggling artists are all over the place.

    Built over the ruins of the 1st century AD Stadium of Domitian, Piazza Navona (Circo Agonale) contains sculptural and architectural gems by Bernini with the Fountain of the Four Rivers forming the base of the Egyptian obelisk in the center and Borromini with the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone.

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    Hustle and bustle - heart of a city

    by Fizzyblond Written Dec 14, 2004

    Take a walk around the Piazza Navona and enjoy the small side streets and browse amongst classy but expensive souvenirs!

    The restaurants and cafes are wonderful but remember you can get a free seat at any of the fountain edges! Watch the world go by. Watch the mime artists intensely - they are so goooood! I couldnt see a flicker!

    Oh yes, and check out the artist's market on Wednesdays when they fill the square with colour and banter, and end up with your very own Roman "original"!! Or draw one yourself!

    Chris in Navona - trying notto be tempted
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    Beautiful Roman Piazza

    by sue_stone Updated Nov 7, 2004

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    My favourite Piazza in Rome is Piazza Navona.

    It is a large pretty oval Piazza, lined by with beautiful buildings including a church and lots of cafes, perfect for people watching.

    There are 3 fountains, artists, street entertainers and plenty of tourists.

    On a sunny day, grab a gelato from one of the numerous options and relax by one of the fountains.

    Or why not take a seat at an outdoor table at the famous Tre Scalini and indulge in their sinful Tartufo.

    The streets surrounding Piazza Navona are filled with interesting shops, cafes and bars. So take a wander and explore.

    relaxing in the piazza dining at a Tre Scalini in the piazza Piazza Navona inside the church on Piazza Navona
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    Piazza Navona

    by chiara76 Updated Nov 7, 2004

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    They say there is the most beautiful baroque square of Rome and they are right:)
    There is three fountains there like Fontanna dei Qatro Fiumi, Fontanna del Moro (bothe of them were designed by Bernini) and Fontanna di Nettuno.

    The Fontanna dei Quatro Fiumi.
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    Piazza Navona

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    This was my favourite Piazza in Rome, its beautiful, and the fountains are gorg!
    The architecture in this area is Baroque in style.

    The church here was being restored when we visited, but inside it is beautiful.

    There are street artists and cafes here to enjoy too!

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    Piazza Navona

    by Sandi-2004 Updated Oct 28, 2004

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    This is a beautiful area with a magnificent fountain and sculptures. We walked into Piazza Navona in the late afternoon and felt the joy of the beauty of the place sweep over us.

    Lined with many outdoor cafes, this piazza is the home to Tre Scalini and the Gelato Tartufo, a chocolate so rich that it could be deliciously dangerous. We enjoyed every bite. As evening set in, we watched some of the most beautifully dressed, attractive couples strolling along that I have seen anywhere. It was a great area for relaxing and people watching during the early balmy September evening.

    Fountain of the Moors

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