Make sure this beautiful square oozing with character and history is on your Rome bucket list
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I came here straight from the Pantheon, which was only a five-minute walk away. This area is such a beautiful piazza. I enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere from the surrounding coffee shops and restaurants, as well as the beautiful architecture of the adjacent buildings and fountains.
The most outstanding feature of Piazza Navona has to be Bernini’s Fountain of Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), opposite the beautiful Barromini’s Church Sant’Agnese in Agone. Built in the 1st century AD on the original stadium site of the Stadium of Domitian, the fountain shows four rivers, representing all known continents that Christianity had spread to at the time of it’s construction. There is an obelisk in the middle which stretches up to 16 meters in height, so there’s no chance you will miss it, no matter where you are stood in the square.
Make sure to also check out the Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Moro). A gruesome-looking piece of art, with horses, cherubs and mer-looking-people who appear as though they are drowning while trying to get out of the fountain. At the same time, in the middle of all the chaos, Neptune is struggling with a giant octopus, which has wrapped itself around his leg.
You will see many artists selling their beautiful work in the square too, and I loved walking amongst the stands while watching them create their art. Some were even in the middle of painting portraits for customers, and it was great to watch them work. I really felt like I was in Italy here. What an awesome place, and it is free, so make sure to visit when you’re next in Rome.
00186 Rome // Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi | www.rome.net/piazza-navona
Thanks you for reading my post on visiting the beautiful Piazza Navona. I wish that I had the time to stay here for longer, as it is a great place to admire beautiful architecture, enjoy people watching while you’re are sat in a café, or just admire the lovely fountains in this area. Next time, I will definitely grab a coffee (and maybe a cheeky slice of cake), sit in the sun, and watch the world go by. Heaven! Are you planning on visiting Rome this year? Are you planning on visiting this beautiful place. Let me know in the comments below.
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