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"Naval Battles" Piazza Navona Tip by OttoMarzo

Piazza Navona, Rome: 172 reviews and 295 photos


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.

Address: Piazza Navona
Directions: Between Corso Vittorio and the river Tevere

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 28, 2005
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