Piazza Navona, Italy Rome

Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there to watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as ‘Circus Agonalis’ (competition arena). It is believed that over time the name changed to ‘in agone’ to ‘navone’ and eventually to ‘navona’.

Scale Model of the Stadium of Domitian

Domitian’s Stadium

With its ornate fountains, baroque palazzi and pavement cafés, Piazza Navona is central Rome’s showcase square.

Posing at the Fountain of the Four Rivers ;D

Today interest centers on Bernini’s extravagant Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). Commissioned by Pope Innocent X and completed in 1651, it depicts the Rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube and Plata, representing the then-known four continents of the world.

DID YOU KNOW? The Piazza is featured in Dan Brown’s 2000 thriller Angels and Demons, in which the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the “Fountain of the Four Rivers“, is listed as one of the Altars of Science. During June 2008, Ron Howard directed several scenes of the film adaptation of Angels and Demons on the southern section of the Piazza Navona, featuring Tom Hanks.

The beautiful paintings along Piazza Navona!

Awesome paintings indeed!

Super love these paintings!!! ❤

Bar and Ristorante along the sidewalk

A police car was roaming around, looking for unauthorized sellers of fake bags etc. Of course, those sellers quickly hid their goods and just came back after. XD

Fontana di Nettuno (Neptune fountain) at the northern end.


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