Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is a piazza in the beautiful city of Rome and was constructed on the site of the Domitian Stadium, which was built in the first century AD. The Piazza Navona was built on the stadium’s open space in a baroque architectural style. The original stadium was built with a long oval shape by Emperor Domitian. The entertainment venue had a larger arena than the Colosseum, hence it was basically used for sporting events and festivals.

The stadium was paved over in the fifteenth century to create the Navona Square. However, the ruins of the stadium of Domitian are still available around the Piazza Navona today.

The ancient people of Rome used to visit the entertainment venue to watch games which were referred to as the agones. This made the locals call the place Circus Agonalis. The name, however, changed over the centuries to in avone to navone, and finally to navona.

Piazza Navona is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and the most famous among the many squares of Rome. The lively, fun, full and large square features three gorgeous and impressive historical fountains. These include the Moor fountain, fountain of the four rivers and the Neptune fountain.

The major tourist attraction of the Navona square is the trio fountains that complement the historical landmark of Rome. The largest of the fountains is the Fountain of the Four Rivers, generally known as the “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.”

The Fountain of the Four Rivers was constructed in the mid-seventeenth century on the request of a pope. Four different figures are featured in the fountain and each of these represents a unique river from different continents. The rivers represented include the Rio de la Plata, Danube, Ganges, and the Nile.

The Moor fountain, otherwise known as the “Fontana del Moro,” is located on the southern end of the Navona square while the Neptune fountain, which is also known as “Fontana del Nettuno,” is located on the northern end of the Piazza Navona. The Moor fountain was also built by Giacomo della Porta, but another designer came to add the statue of the moor with the dolphin in the 17th century, while the tritons were added in the 19th century.

The Neptune fountain was created in the middle of the sixteenth century by Giacomo della Porta while the statue of Neptune was added with its surrounding sea nymphs in the 19th century.

Tourists can explore and see the different unique exhibitions of the Navona square by joining a guided tour of the Piazza Navona. The guided tours are very informative and they cover every aspect of the attraction, including the underground monuments.

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