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Piazza Navona, Rome

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
Noisy and vibrant, Piazza Navona is the hub of artistic and commercial activity in this part of the city. Known for its Baroque architecture, alfresco restaurants, ornate fountains, and street artists, the square attracts visitors from around the world. The centerpiece is an elaborate fountain--representing the rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Plate-- created by Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. A massive, ancient obelisk tops the fountain. Artists Giacomo della Porta and Antonio della Bitta sculpted the two smaller fountains here. The plaza was built in the first century on the site of a former arena where ancient Romans came to watch various competitions. To visit Piazza Navona and other attractions in Rome, use our Rome vacation route planner.
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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  • This central place is the right spot to start a visit and enjoy some of the beautiful buildings and sculptures to admire in Rome.  more »
  • Piazza Navona is a beautiful large Piazza that has three large magnificent fountains. Less crowded but absolutely worth the trip.  more »
  • Really worth a visit. Important to go during the late afternoon or evening.... Otherwise much too hot.  more »
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  • Large beautiful square with sculptures and a fountain. Unfortunately that is kind of where it ends. The few shops and restaurants don't make this a place that you can really take a lot of time in. But definitely worth the walk through. Take as much time in all of the Piazzas as you can as Rome has so much cool history to offer up to us. Beautiful place and the only place in Rome where I actually got distracted enough to lose my family.
  • This place is a wonderful place to take a break from your tour around the city or work. It has enough choices for you stop and enjoy a drink or a meal with a few treats. As you do so you can also enjoy the the many visitors around the area and some of the street entertainment.
  • Gorgeous with beautiful fountains. Download Rick Steve's "heart of Rome" walking tour and you'll find a great chapter About this area. Only downside is the constant barrage of selfie stick guys, but seriously every historical site in Rome has them, just something to get used to. When you're done, head west a few blocks for a good meal.
  • Outstanding! Easy to find but easy to miss. Check out the fountains and the statues on the larger buildings surrounding the piazza. I didn't try any of the cafes or restaurants but if you walk to the southern end you will find the art museum which probably has a great exhibit on display.
  • A beautiful plaza with some excellent restaurants. be sure to walk around and look at all of them and not just enter the one with the first hawker who draws your attention. It can be fun to let the hawkers play off each other. Be sure to stop into the beautiful church in this plaza and visit with the skull of a saint.