This fountain in Piazza Navona was created by Bernini and his pupils. The four statues represent the Nile, Danube, Rio della Plata and the Ganges. Which in turn, represent the four quarters of the world.
Piazza Navona: The square is best for people watching. Not only that, it is very close to Pantheon being in the western side and the spot where street artist show their wares. There are many restaurants around the piazza which looks expensive, and they are! A variety of shops, in some cases specialty shops and lots of bars and cafes. I sat on concrete benches within the square and had spent an hour or so, with young excursionist wandering around, who I guess are students on educational tour being watched by their teacher as a leader. Had our packed lunch while watching one of the fountains in the centre of the piazza called the Four Rivers. There's one thing you need not forget. Visit the baroque church dedicated to St. Agnes which is nearby. These simple things I did, made wonders. The way of life is very different. It's interesting!
This square is the start of a nice walk across town via the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & ending at the Spanish Steps. The piazza is a large rectangle and lined by with beautiful buildings including church, cafes and also 3 fountains - Fontana dei Calderai at the north, Fontana Dei Fiumi (the main fountain) in the middle and Fontana Del Moro at the south end.
Whe I was here last I played guide to a couple from the USA, NZ and a Canadian - we had a great time soaking in the Roman sun and wandering around the back streets of Rome.
This amazing fountain is situated right in the center of Piazza Navona and is its most spectacular fountain of the three.
I was created by Bernini in 1651. It features a central rocky structure that supports an obelisk that was an ancient Roman imitation of the Egyptian form.
Around this structure are four giant statues by Bernini's pupils following his designs representing the Nile, the Danube, the Ganges, and the Rio della Plata, each representing one of the four quarters of the world.
These statues have quite lifelike positions and have such movement to them that they seem to be gesticulating.
The Piazza Navona is a marvel of light and sculpture. It's the longest Piazza in Rome. The piazza marks the area for the races in the stadium.
It features many fine old buildings, a beautiful church and three stunning fountains.
Piazza Navona is an extremely lively place with open air cafes around it. During the summer there are numerous artists who draw or paint members of the public for a fee. The place is crowded each day and there are often buskers and sometimes mimes to entertain.
No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to this Piazza.
The fountain designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini is surmounted by a Roman obelisk topped by the papal dove, crest of Pope .
Bernini's scholars assisted in the execution of the central fountain of the rivers (Photo 2) Ganges, Nile, Danube and Rio de la Plata which represented (at that time) the four corners of the earth (apologies to the Aussies). The Bernini-Borromini rivalry is notorious and it has been said that explains the hand of Rio de la Plata, scared that the church built by Borromini might fall on him, and the Nile covering his head in order not to see the church of the rival. These gestures could also be interpreted as a symbol of mankind, scared and ignorant. The fountain, in fact, was designed and completed before Borromini received the commission for the Church of Santa Agnese.
Always crowded by tourists during the day and a center of night life, Piazza Navona was embellished at the end of XIXth century by the addition of the third fountain on the north side.
Bernini redesigned a previous basin by Giacomo della Porta adding the central statue "il Moro" (the Moor), which he personally sculpted (photo 3).
Piazza Navona is swarming with the greatest artists. They pretend to be a statue or can draw really beatiful portrets! You can also take a look at all the nice Bernini style fountains here. But watch out: don't go for a drink here. The water is not pure. At the local terraces here: keep your money in your pocket, they are way too expensive!
Piazza Navona is a great place to people watch, eat and walk around. It has an unusual, elongated oval shape that is the same as that of the ancient Domiziano Stadium over which the square was built. The centerpiece of this square is the Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini, which is the base of the Egyptian obelisk in the center; and Palazzo Pamphili & Fontana del Moro. Around the Fontana dei Fiumi are four giant statues by Bernini's pupils following his designs representing the Nile, the Danube, the Ganges, and the Rio della Plata, each representing one of the four quarters of the world. There are also open air cafes which serves nice food & wine (at a higher price, of course). The area is also lively with painters and buskers who will entertain for a fee
Personally, I find the square to be a wonderful piece of history and art. However, it is somehow shadowed by the numerous vendors selling fake designer bags, cheap toys and all sorts of tacky (probably made in china plastic souvenirs) right in front of the monuments. It tough to take a nice picture of the whole fountain without having them in the picture
Our guesthouse's closest piazza was luckily the Piazza Navona.
Unbeknown to us at the time we had booked at (what we think), is the loveliest Baroque-inspired piazza of all!
Bustling with life and people, it also houses a couple of superb fountains, with intricate sculpted detail.
This is Bernini's fountain, found on the north side of Piazza Navona. A masterpiece in its own right.
Gorgeous stuff indeed!
It s one of the biggest squares in Rome, its shape is due to before being a square there was a big stadium, with capacity for 33.000 people. The most famous monument is the fontana dei Quattro Fiumi situated on the center of the square, a Gianlorenzo Bernini masterpiece. It represents the rivers Nile, Ganges, Danubio and Rio de la Plata. In front of the fountain you find the chiesa di Saint Agnese in Agone designed by Borromini. In the south side of the square is the Fontana de Moro, projected in 1576 by Giacomo della Porta, and in the other side is the Fontana dell Neptuno, where you see Neptuno fithing against a monster.
Es una de las mas grandes plazas de Roma, su forma es debido a que antes de ser una plaza era un estadio con capacidad para 33.000 personas. El monumento mas famoso de la plaza el la fontana del Quattro Fiumi situada en el centro de la plaza, una obra maestra del Gianlorenzo Bernini. Representa los rios Nilo, Ganges, Danubio y Rio de la plata. En el lado sur de la plaza esta la fontada del moro, proyectada en 1576 por Giacomo della Porta y en el otro lado esta la fontana del Neptuno, donde ves a neptuno luchando contra un monstruo marino
We visited this Piazza with its beautiful fountains during, but I belive the best time to visit would be evening, the light on the fountains would be magnificent. We rested and had something to eat whilst watching the activity on the piazza. The Fontana dei Fiumi represents the 4 largest rivers of the world. The four Statutes symbolize the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Plate.
I must've spent one of the most romantic evenings of my life at the Piazza Navona. Its just one of those times when everything fit in perfectly - This particular spot in Rome is surrounded by buildings that were built on top of the remains of the Circus Domitianus... and at the very center of this grand piazza is the beautiful fountain Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini. The four pupils sit on this fountain, each representing a quarter of the world. One of the students had his hand directed to the sky, and on that night there was a full moon..and so I managed to take a picture that made it seem like he had the moon in his hand.
We had dinner in one of the restaurants...and listened to the street musicians play, while some painters sat around with their art work. This piazza simply gives you a true place of romantic Rome, so dont miss out on it.
While Rome has many wonderful areas, perhaps the heart of the historical center is here, Piazza Navona. Night life until 2-3 in the morning - mimes, artists, beggers, restaurants, bars, famous ice cream, wonderful shops, musicians, a gorgeous church, and three fabulous fountains! Yes, maybe the food and drinks are overpriced - but sitting in the piazza watching the world go by is so lovely, how can you complain?
If spending extra for the view and scene offends you, see my tip on the neaby but almost hidden restaurant LaFocaccia where you can spend less but eat well.
The oval (but small) shape of the piazza follows the curves of the original stadium, built by Domitian. Originally called the Piazza "in Agone" for the contests he staged here ("agone" were classical Greek nude atheletic contests), the name was corrupted over the years from "in agone" to Navona.
However, the name of the beautiful Church, St. Agnes in Agone, remained unchanged. It's still being restored, but is now open to visitors.
Take a closer look at my photo of a detail of Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers, which is in the center of the piazza. A bit of trivia with which you can amaze your friends (or not): the drain for the fountain is hidden in the mouth of the fish! Check it out for yourself.
Piazza Novana is one of the most famous squares in Rome.
You find street artists there and it's almost always crowded by travelers.
In the square there are three magnificent fountains: the central one, the Rivers' Fountain made by Bernini who built it as a base for the Egyptian obelisk here transferred from Maxentius Circus; the lateral ones, Moor's Fountain and Calderoni's Fountain, that were designed by Giacomo Della Porta before Bernini built the memorable central fountain
Piazza Navona is one of the most famous and arguably the most beautiful of the wide range of Rome's squares. In the square you have three magnificent fountains and an obelisque.
It is one of Rome's liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and night clubs in the neighborhood.
The square is also famous for the number of street artists that come here to draw some portrait or caricature of the crowd of tourists who everyday visit this place.
Do you know that Picasso started to sell paintings here in Piazza Navona?
In the summer season it's an awesome sensation to come here to admire the beauty of this place.