"Beautiful Piazza" Piazza Navona Tip by BorneoGrrl

Piazza Navona, Rome: 174 reviews and 305 photos

  Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini
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  • Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini - Rome
      Fontana dei Fiumi by Bernini
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  • Fountain at Piazza Navona - Rome
      Fountain at Piazza Navona
    by BorneoGrrl

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

Directions: Near to the Pantheon
Website: http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/piazza-navona

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 18, 2006
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