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Piazza Navona is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Baroque Square in Rome, Italy. It is a must-visit place. Its gorgeous baroque fountains are one of the most breathtaking sights in Rome. The Piazza flaunts Bernini sculptures, elaborate fountains, a beautiful church, colorful casts of street artists, sweet cafes and lots of open space, bathing in sunshine, and always brimming with tourists. It is popularly said that Piazza Navona in Rome is where the liveliness and spirit of Roman life are visible.
This beauty of Piazza is stunning during the day, despite the hordes of tourists. But to truly appreciate its glory, it is best visited at night. Under the moonlight, the three fabulous fountains – the Fontana di Quattro Fiumi, the Fontana del Moro, and the Fontana del Nettuno – become magical.
This architectural miracle is located in the heart of the Eternal City, filled with different masterpieces that are looking perfect besides each other. As soon as you enter The Piazza, your gaze will immediately be drawn towards the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center of the Piazza, dominating the scene with its powerful presence and figures that seem to come alive from the sound of the rushing streams of the water.
The Piazza displays the genius of Bernini and Borromini, which is one of the finest Baroque Masterpieces in Rome. The colors of the triumph combined with its elegance, give it a charm that is enhanced by the beautiful contrast of sober houses and several monumental Buildings.
All the restaurants and terraces give Piazza Navona a lively and delightful atmosphere during the day. Here, tourists can enjoy performances by street artists like magicians, dancers, and singers. The most striking buildings which look onto the square are the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone and the Palazzo Pamphilj.
The rounded shape of the Piazza comes from its foundations on top of an old stadium dating back to the first century, the Stadium of Domitian. Emperor Domitian had the stadium built in 86 AD, Which hosted around 30,000 spectators for athletic games. Its name, Navona, meaning ‘big ship’, refers to the flooding of the area and the mock naval battles once held there. It was even, for a short while, used to stage gladiatorial contests. And during the Renaissance period, the square was flooded on weekends to provide a cooling-off spot for Romans trying to escape the scorching summer heat.
Nowadays it exists mainly as a pleasure-seeking spot for tourists, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and gelaterias, ideally located for people-watching locals and foreigners or just to sample a taste of beautiful life. The place also is very famous in movies and novels.
The most stunning part of Piazza Navona is its three fountains, designed during the rule of Gregory XIII:
Fountain of the Four Rivers
Constructed in the center of Piazza Navona, The Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) was planned by Bernini in 1651. The four statues in the fountain represent the most important rivers to Christianity; the Nile, Danube, the Ganges, and Rio de la Plata. In the middle, there is a pillar measuring 52 ft (16 m), which had originally been part of the Circus of Maxentius.
Sculpted by Giacomo Della Porta and later perfected by Bernini, who added the figure of the Moor, the fountain was initially called the “Seashell Fountain.” This fountain is located on the southern side of the square.
Fountain of Neptune
The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) was also created by Giacomo Della Porta in 1574 but remained under construction for approximately 300 years, until 1878, when it was constructed by Antonio Della Bitta and Gregorio Zappalà.
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