"Piazza Navona" Piazza Navona Tip by leffe3
Piazza Navona, Rome: 174 reviews and 305 photos
The elongated oval shape, unique in Rome, of the piazza owes its shape to a Roman racetrack, the surrounding buildings (predominantly 17th century Baroque) built upon what were the grandstands of Stadium of Domitian. Very little of the stadium is left (a few arches remain visible under the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone - the main church of the square), made more surprising by the fact that it seated 33,000 people.
The Piazza is one of the most stunning (and that's saying something) of all the Roman piazzas, a spectacular series of 17th century Baroque, the Fontana dei Fiumi at its centre one of the highlights. Unveiled in 1651, the fountain, designed by Bellini, creates a wonderful focus to the piazza. Amazingly, up until the 19th century, Piazza Navona was flooded every August, providing the wealthy Romans with opportunities to cool off by riding through the water (it was the poor who waded through it).
It's one of the places to people watch - cafes and bars abound on the perimeter - it's a real focal point to the city.
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