Let’s visit the famous Piazza Navona (Navona Square) in Rome?
Piazza Navona is one of the most famous in Rome and was built at the request of the Pamphili family. Its shape resembles the old stadiums, it was built in a monumental style at the request of Pope Innocent X. Square Navona is one of the most beautiful Baroque works in the city and takes the place of the old “Stadium of Domitian”, from which it retained the rectangular shape elongated. Let’s visit the famous Piazza Navona (Navona Square) in Rome?
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1) Let’s visit the famous Piazza Navona (Navona Square) in Rome?
Built by Emperor Domitian, the stadium was used for gymnastic competitions.
The square is decorated with three fountains: the Moor Fountain (named after the statue of an Ethiopian fighting a dolphin), the Fountain of Rivers (one of Bernini’s most beautiful and creative) and the Calderari Fountain (also known as the Fountain of Neptune).
The current configuration of the square (with the three fountains, the church of Saint Agnes, the Pamphili Palace and the buildings that surround it) was defined between 1600 and 1700. Since then, nothing has been changed – which makes the place even more charming. It was Pope Innocent X, of the Pamphili family, who ordered the restructuring of the square with the construction of the family palace (in a simple and elegant style). The architect in charge was Girolamo Rainaldi.
The interior of the palace (which now houses the Brazilian embassy) is enriched by the famous National Gallery of Ancient Art, with frescoes by Pietro da Cortona. Pope Innocent X also owes the reconstruction of the old church dedicated to Saint Agnes, as a chapel attached to the family palace, located at the site of the saint’s martyrdom – which, according to the legend, was miraculously covered with his own hair after being exposed naked in a brothel. The proof of this close connection is the opening in the drum of the dome, which allowed the pontiff to attend the celebrations directly from his apartment.
Fountain of the Four Rivers
The Fountain of the Four Rivers is made up of a stone barrier that represents the land, forming a cave – from where a lion and other fictional animals emerge and an obelisk that represents the sky (recovered from the Circus Maximus on the old Via Apia). Around the cave are the statues of the four rivers: the Ganges, the Nile, the River Plate and the Danube, which symbolize the four continents.
Church of Saint Agnes
As previously said, in front of the fountain is the church of Saint Agnes. With the shape of a Greek cross, the initial project was carried out by Carlo Rainaldi, later followed by Francesco Borromini – author of the great façade of the square. Borromini added an unusual vertical grandeur at the time, building a very tall drum, surrounded by two towers that frame the dome (changing the façade already started with an arch).
The legend related to the harsh contrast between Borromini and Bernini (author of the Fountain of the Four Rivers, located in front of the church), which says that the giant of the River Plate would have reached out to defend himself against the imminent fall of the church is unfounded, since the fountain was built before the completion of Borromini’s façade. In the basement of the church there is a medieval oratory and the relics of the Stadium of Domitian. The other two fountains in Piazza Navona, that of Neptune (fighting an octopus) and that of the Moor are by Giacomo Della Porta.
2) Let’s visit the famous Piazza Navona (Navona Square) in Rome? LEISURE TIME
Piazza Navona is one of the most loved squares by the Romans, for centuries a place of entertainment for the people and aristocrats, it is here that children play ball and Roman families meet with relatives and friends. On summer nights, when the sunset colors the roofs red, Piazza Navona becomes one of the most beautiful places to gather people. The sky rectangle over the square slowly darkens, while the yellow lights are lit in houses and restaurants.
Now, Piazza Navona is full of excellent ice cream and coffee shops. By day, it is frequented by intellectuals and painters, while at night, it is the favorite destination of young people and street artists. As I said, Praça Navona is animated every day by several artists who, with their art, manage to capture the expressions and physical characteristics of those who want to be portrayed in a few minutes.
Over the years, it has always been one of the Romans’ favorite meeting places during Carnival, Christmas and Three Kings Day. It is a tradition to start the Christmas Fair on December 8, with stalls full of handmade cribs, innovations and, of course, typical sweets. The fair lasts until the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, on the night between 5 and 6, when adults and children gather to participate in the arrival of Befana. You can’t miss Navona Square at Christmas, when it is filled with stalls selling Christmas stockings and sweets. A unique show.
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How to get there?
How to get to Piazza Navona? Many tourists, when planning their own trip, wonder how to get to Piazza Navona, as they do not find any metro station on the maps or in the street guides.
1) How to get there? BY SUBWAY
Indeed, like other famous squares in Rome, Piazza Navona DOES NOT have access via the metro, nor by line A, nor by line B. However, this does not mean that access is difficult, as Piazza Navona is well connected to services line buses that pass in the vicinity. There is no bus that goes directly to Piazza Navona (and it could not, since it is a closed boardwalk).
2) How to get there? BY BUS LINES
The square is almost behind Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (exactly one of the most accessible points for the square). In this street the lines number: 46/571/492/62/628/64 (perfect for those coming from Termini Station) and also 70/81/87/916 / C3 stop.
As for the night bus lines, it is possible to count on the itineraries number: n15 / n20 / n5 / n6 / n7. If you are staying in the center of Rome, you have the possibility (which, in my opinion, is the best), to go to Piazza Navona on foot. Not only is it a way of strolling, but you will also have the feeling of literally walking through history.
From the Termini Station bus stop
Take line 64 towards St. Peter’s Square and get off after 9 stops (on corso Vittorio Emanuele) and continue on foot to Piazza Navona. From Tiburtina station, take metro line B towards Laurentina for four stations and get off at Termini (taking line 64, according to the instructions above).
From Fiumicino Airport
Go to the Fiumicino train station, take the FR1 line (towards Settebagni) for six stations and get off at Trastevere. From there, take tram 8 (towards Argentina) for eight stops and get off in Argentina. Walk 750 meters to Piazza Navona.
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