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Visiting Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

One of the most famous squares in Rome, Piazza Navona is home to the Baroque Church of Sant' Agnese in Agone and Palazzo Pamphili, both overlooking Lorenzo Bernini's famous Fountain of the Four Rivers.

The oblong-shaped Piazza Navona was built on the site of the ancient Stadium of Domitian, where citizens of Rome would watch games and races in the 1st century AD. On this square you can find three Baroque fountains: Bernini's central masterpiece and two smaller fountains by Giacomo della Porta at each end.

Piazza Navona with its churches and palaces, lively restaurants and street vendors and performers is one of the most popular public spaces in Rome. Most tourist Rome tours include a stop in Piazza Navona. You can choose walking or electric bike tour or see the piazza as part of a food tour that also stops at the Campo de' Fiori market and cafes and gelato shops. Lively Piazza Navona is crowded with street musician in summer and is home to a Christmas market that lasts the entire month of December. 

Bernini's Fontana di Quattro Fiumi is where most tourists have their photos. It represents four great rivers of the four continents of the world governed by papal authoritc: Ganges, Nile, Danube and Rio de la Plata, its centrepiece is an imposing obelisk. The fountains was created in 1651 for Pope Innocent X, whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, overlooked the piazza.

The Fontana del Moro stands at the southern end of Piazza Navona. It is surrounded by four Titans, a Moor wrestles a dophin on a shell. 

The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), on the other side of the piazza, was originally the work of Giacomo della Porta, sponsored by Pope Gregory XIII in 1574.

How to reach Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is situated in the historic city centre of Rome between the Pantheon and the Tiber River. To reach it by public transport, take one of the several buses that stop on Largo dei Torre Argentina a short walk away.

All the popular hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses have a stop a few minutes' walk away also providing access to the Piazza Navona. 

There is no metro station nearby, but nearby there is Piazza Argentina which is on the route of many buses including buses 40, 60 and 64 that shuttle between the Vatican, the centre of the city and then to Termini Station.

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