Planning to visit Rome and spend a few days sightseeing? One of the places you must see is the Piazza Navona: the most famous Piazza in Rome, larger than the Colosseum itself. Why it’s so famous? There’s three remarkable fountains and one church all located in this square! The Navona square was, and still is, the home to various festivals and theatrical events.
Piazza Navona was built on the stadium of Domitian in the 15th century. Bernini’s masterpiece, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, or Fonatanai Quattro Fiumi, is the most visited attraction in the area. The fountain was not built in the piazza, it was originally built in the Circus of Maxentius. The four figures in the fountain represents 4 rivers – the Nile, The Ganges, Danube and the Rio la Plata. A long Egyptian obelisk stands in the middle of the four figures.
Get to know the Piazza Navona in Rome
The other two fountains on the square are also famous. The Fontanal Moro, which is located on the southern side of the piazza, was sculpted by Giacomolla Porto. Check the statue of the man wrestling with a dolphin, that was sculpted in the original fountain, it’s a Bernini addition from 1673! The other fountain is the Fountain of Neptune, on the northern end, also sculptured by Giacomolla Porto.
The Church of Saint Agnese in Agone is a Baroque church designed by Borromini, also standing at Piazza Navona. According to the legend, this church was built on the same site where St. Agnes miraculously grew hair to cover his naked body and was saved from shame!
If you are visiting Rome in Christmas time, don’t miss the Christmas market that takes place in the piazza. Check our video guides for more information about tours in the area and more ideas about nearby attractions, such as the famous Pantheon – a fascinating temple, built more than 1800 years ago – , the Temple of Hadrian and visit other squares in the area, like the Piazza Farnese.