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Shall we visit the famous Piazza Navona in Rome? Piazza Navona in Rome is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Famous worldwide, it is almost an open air museum and worth visiting!

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Let´s visit the famous Piazza Navona 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. Shall we? Let’s visit the famous Piazza Navona in Rome? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

1) Let´s visit the famous Piazza Navona in Rome?ATTRACTIONS

Built by Emperor Domitian, the stadium was used for gymnastic competitions.

Its Fountains

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).

Pamphili Palace

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

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 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.

Christmas fair

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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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

The neighborhood is in the historic center and to the right of the Tevere River, in the midst of a spectacular landscape, where each visitor can observe the countless churches and squares (such as Santa Maria in Trastevere). In addition, this neighborhood offers several local restaurants and canteens for those who want to try typical Roman cuisine.

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Conclusion

Let´s visit the famous Piazza Navona in Rome?  Piazza Navona in Rome is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Famous worldwide, it is almost an open air museum and worth visiting!

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