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.
In Baroque style, Piazza Navona hosts three magnificent fountains.
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.
The central fountain is the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
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.
The third fountain is Fountain of Neptune, designed in 1574 by Giacomo della Porta.
After Piazza Navona, pay a visit to the Baroque church Sant’Agnese in Agone and then just stroll in the alleys around the square.
If you are an ancient books lover as I am, you will find a fantastic bookshop owned by a very kind lady.
It’s Antica Libreria Cascianelli in Largo Febo.
Then just look around and discover shops with old signs,
places where you can eat the best Roman dishes,
vintage shops full of surprises,
the most beautiful bougainvillaea outside Hotel Raphael,
Feel like in a little village in the narrow street full of history,
have a drink at Caffè Novecento in Via del Governo Vecchio
and be ready to come back on the evening: that’s a whole different story!