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February 16, 2019

Piazza Navona ,Roma of course!

And why not Rome, eternal Roma and its wonderful squares, we are all a bit Roman after all. We did a lot of walking there and spoken on it in previous blog posts but on some I like to bring out more deservently so.

One of this jewels is the Navone square or Piazza Navona in Rome! Let me bring you in on it ok

Piazza Navona is the largest tourist square in Rome. Located in the northern part of the field of Mars, near the Pantheon, it is built on the ruins of the Domitian Stadium of the 1st century, of which it retains the exact form. It is, with its monumental architectural decor (fountain of the Four rivers of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (called Bernini), Church of St Agnes in Agone by Francesco Borromini…), one of the most beautiful ensembles of Baroque architecture of Rome.



The Piazza Navona is originally a stadium built by Emperor Domitian in 86AD. Domitian introduced a cycle of Greek games: running, fist, javelin throwing and discus-throwing. In the fifth century, the stadium is no more than ruins. Navona which evokes in Italian a “big nave”. The name of the Church of St. Agnes in Agone also perpetuates the memory of this etymology. The old monument finds life only in the Renaissance, when it becomes one of the most beautiful squares in Rome.


The present square is adorned with three fountains. The center, known as the Fountain of the Four Rivers, a fountain done by Pope Innocent X and completed in 1651. The four rivers symbolize the four parts of the world: the Danube for Europe, the Nile for Africa, the Ganges for Asia and the Río de la Plata for America. In the center of the Fountain is the obelisk of Piazza Navona bearing in Egyptian hieroglyph the name of Domitian, which is surmounted by a dove, emblem of the family Pamphili ;a Roman noble family whose palace Pamphili is located in Piazza Navona and which gave several Popes including Innocent X, sponsor of the fountain. Two other fountains adorn this square: the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Moor, dating from 1574 and 1576 respectively. The basin of the Neptune Fountain, arranged at one end of the Navona square, received carved ornaments at the end of the 19C.


The obelisk of Piazza Navona, or Obelisk of the fountain of the Four Rivers is an Egyptian obelisk, of Roman period. It was erected in Rome on three successive sites. The Egyptian origin of this medium-sized obelisk 16.5 meters is no doubt, since it is made of red granite of syene. But the hieroglyphic inscriptions it bears on each of its faces are in the name of Domitian. It is therefore an order of this emperor, perhaps on the occasion of his accession to power.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here as usual by me are

Tourist office of Rome on Piazza Navona

Yelp reviews on Piazza Navona

This is a dandy and I believe one of the best sights of Rome, the huge spaces and wonderful architecture in addition to the history is great and it looks all new! Piazza Navona in Rome be there and be seen by the world!!!

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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