Piazza Navona

Price Range

6 - 8.00

Reviews

4.7

Overview

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.

 

 

Ancient History of Piazza Navona

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.

 

 

Fountains of Piazza Navona

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.

Moor Fountain

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.

 

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Monday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Thursday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Friday : 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Saturday : 10:00 am to 08:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Metro : The closest metro station to Piazza Navona is Barberini, line A (orange). You can easily walk from Metro to Piazza Navona. Most of the people and tourists prefer walking.
  • By Bus : Many buses such as 40, 60, and 64 buses provide transportation service to Piazza Navona from the city center, Vatican.
  • By Trams : To reach conveniently and quickly, you must choose to reach Piazza Navona by trams.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • For Piazza Navona : Free
  • For the Domitian Stadium : Free for children under 12 8€ for children from 12 and 18 6€ for visitors aged over 65

Tourist Attractions

  • Museo di Roma (140 m)
  • National Roman Museum (246 m)
  • Pantheon (310 m)
  • Campo de' Fiori (366 m)
  • Area Sacra di Largo Argentina (496 m)

Address

Piazza Navona, Piazza Navona, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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FAQs

The distance between Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain is not more than one km. They are only 851 meters away from each other. This distance can easily be covered by walking.
Yes, definitely it is worth visiting Piazza Navona. It's a beautiful and relaxing place that will lift your mood instantly.
There are a total of three lavish fountains in Piazza Navona. The most stunning part of Piazza Navona is its three fountains namely: Fountain of the Four Rivers, Moor Fountain and Fountain of Neptune.
It takes around one to two hours in total to visit Piazza Navona.
Yes, the entry to Piazza Navona is free but the visit to the stadium is chargeable and also different cafes and restaurants are also expensive.
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