Make sure this beautiful square oozing with character and history is on your Rome bucket list

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi stood in front of the Church Sant’Agnese in Agone

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.

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Artists selling their work in the piazza

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 its 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.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

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.

The Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Moro)

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.

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How yummy does this pasta look? Shame I didn’t have a kitchen where I was staying
The beautiful square, where you can even hire a carriage. How romantic!

Thank 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 sitting 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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  1. Great post! I’ve wanted to visit Rome for a while and this looks like a must see – the fountain looks beautiful, and I love that the artists were milling around there! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Your photographs and written experience of this piazza take be back to Frances Mayes memoirs of experiencing Italy. From the food to the art to the carriages, life is glossed with perfection!

  3. It looks so beautiful! I’d love to go to Rome – your post has helped boost it further up my travel bucket list! Definitely saving this post in case I ever get to go 🤞🏻
    J E M M A ♡ |

  4. Oh my goodness! Rome has been on my travel list for as long as forever. PIAZZA NAVONA looks absolutely beautiful and I would love to visit it one day. If I ever visit it, I’ll use this guide. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I think if you did consider going maybe stick to come of the smaller towns as they are great for families, and the Italians are so great with kids 🙂 I hope you get to visit this lovely square one day 🙂

  5. I never understand why so many people rave about the Trevi fountain and ignore some of the other amazing fountains in Rome – I spent a couple of days there a long time ago, and your post has given me so many happy memories, thank you!

    1. Thanks Lisa. I must admit, I do love the Trevi Fountain, but the fountain here is very beautiful too. But the Spanish Steps? Yeah, that is one place I don’t rate 🙂 Thanks so much for your lovely comments!

  6. Rome is such a great city to visit! I am lucky to have my grandparent that live not far from the city centre, so it’s always a treat to visit it x

    1. You are so lucky! I’d be visiting all the time too. Does that mean you get to eat delicious home-cooked Italian food too??? What a great city. I can’t wait to go back 🙂 thanks for reading as always! xxx

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