Piazza Navona is the most popular and lively square in Rome. The famous architect Bernini designed the elliptical square, which is regarded as one of the most important and beautiful works of the Baroque period. The yard is open to the general public, with live music performances, street performances, and daily activities. Visitors must come between 23:00 and 09:00 to enjoy the bustling activity and movement of the people, which is also part of the place’s charm.
What is there to see in Piazza Navona?
In the square is the fountain of the four rivers, the famous “Fontana di Quattro Fiumi,” also designed by Bernini. This symbolizes the four largest rivers in the world located on different continents. In the center of the fountain stands the magnificent obelisk brought from Egypt to symbolize the victory of Christianity over Islam. The sculptures and decorations on top of the fountain are the work of an artist that is well worth dwelling on to understand Rome’s religious and cultural history.
In the square are two other fountains – Moro and Neptune, which are equally spectacular, and the church of Santa Agnes in Agona, a masterpiece of the magnificent baroque architecture that made Rome one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
What is essential to know?
A popular site visited by hundreds of thousands of people every day is Piazza Navona, packed with restaurants and cafes, which are very expensive and serve dishes that do not justify their usually high price. If you want to sit down to eat, avoid falling into tourist traps.
Piazza Navona is a great place to visit with children, who will surely be enthusiastic about the variety of street shows and tourist attractions. Please keep them well when the square is full of people. And take good care of your wallet and mobile phone against pickpockets and thieves of all kinds.