Lady's Rome Explorations

Strolling around Piazza Navona with Lady

There’s something magic in Piazza Navona. You can’t see the square until you are in. And then…what a beauty! Once the place was the Stadium of Domitian (Stadio di Domiziano), then thanks to Pamphili family became the square that we know as Piazza Navona.

Fontana del Moro, Piazza Navona
Fontana del Moro, Piazza Navona

In Baroque style, Piazza Navona hosts three magnificent fountains.

Fontana del Moro, Piazza Navona
Fontana del Moro, Piazza Navona

The first one is Fontana del Moro, sculpted by Giacomo della Porta with a basin and four Tritons. Bernini added to this fountain a statue of a Moor wrestling with a dolphin.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona

The central fountain is the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona

The statues of the fountain represent the Nile for Africa, the Danube for Europe, the Ganges for Asia, and the Rio de Plata for the Americas.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona
Fontana di Nettuno, Piazza Navona
Fontana di Nettuno, Piazza Navona

The third fountain is Fountain of Neptune, designed in 1574 by Giacomo della Porta.

Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

After Piazza Navona, pay a visit to the Baroque church Sant’Agnese in Agone and then just stroll in the alleys around the square.

Antica Libreria Cascianelli
Antica Libreria Cascianelli

If you are an ancient books lover as I am, you will find a fantastic bookshop owned by a very kind lady.

Antica Libreria Cascianelli
Antica Libreria Cascianelli

It’s Antica Libreria Cascianelli in Largo Febo.

Via della Pace, Roma
Via della Pace, Roma

Then just look around and discover shops with old signs,

Via della Pace, Roma
Via della Pace, Roma

places where you can eat the best Roman dishes,

Via dei Banchi Nuovi, Roma
Via dei Banchi Nuovi, Roma

vintage shops full of surprises,

Hotel Raphael, Roma
Hotel Raphael, Roma

the most beautiful bougainvillaea outside Hotel Raphael,

Piazza del Fico, Roma
Piazza del Fico, Roma

Feel like in a little village in the narrow street full of history,

Via del Governo Vecchio, Roma
Via del Governo vecchio, Roma

have a drink at Caffè Novecento in Via del Governo Vecchio

Via del Governo Vecchio, Roma
Via del Governo Vecchio, Roma

and be ready to come back on the evening: that’s a whole different story!

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