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Piazza Navona, Rome

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Noisy and vibrant, Piazza Navona is the hub of artistic and commercial activity in this part of the city. Known for its Baroque architecture, alfresco restaurants, ornate fountains, and street artists, the square attracts visitors from around the world. The centerpiece is an elaborate fountain--representing the rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Plate-- created by Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. A massive, ancient obelisk tops the fountain. Artists Giacomo della Porta and Antonio della Bitta sculpted the two smaller fountains here. The plaza was built in the first century on the site of a former arena where ancient Romans came to watch various competitions. Use our Rome trip maker to add Piazza Navona and other attractions to your Rome vacation plans.
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  • I was told this was impressive…. But I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful!!! A must if you’re in rome 
    I was told this was impressive…. But I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful!!! A must if you’re in rome  more »
  • Even in late October, the piazza was busy, although a lot less busy than it would be in the Summer. As the guides explain, its shape derives from the fact that it was once a stadium in Ancient Rome.....  more
    Even in late October, the piazza was busy, although a lot less busy than it would be in the Summer. As the guides explain, its shape derives from the fact that it was once a stadium in Ancient Rome.....  more »
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  • Fascinating look at many aspects of Rome in one spot. I originally was just playing to stop by a few minutes at Piazza on my way to the Vatican. However I was impressed with the many elements, sights and sounds there and ended spending over an hour just wondering around. The intriguing thing I found is watching all the people from tourists, to locals to buskers to people selling all mixed in this large open space. There was no less than 6 different musicians playing the afternoon I was there, each with a completely different instrument and music. Listening to them while wandering around, looking at the fountains was quite relaxing despite the large amount of people. Didn't have time to stop for food, and I don't know how the various restaurants are, but it would be a treat to have a drink while people watching.
  • Amazing scenery will greet you around all four corners of this Piazza... social environment for people who you'll see dancing, singing, performing different arts and just having a good time next to the ocean. A lot of people also take their dogs for walks here, which is nice. We also saw a lot of people jogging or exercising in groups on the waters edge. Always helps to have a nice view while training. You will also see alot of sailboats and smaller boats on this side of the harbor. Water taxi's are also something to experience. Helping people get across the harbors waters with no effort. Awesome place and a must visit, especially if you have a guide to give you the detail and historical facts about this place. Very cool to see and experience

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