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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, one of the most extensive and spectacular squares of baroque Rome. Piazza Navona takes its name from the term “Agony,” which in greek means the race, battle, and was used to indicate public demonstrations of games. In ancient Rome, in about 86 d.C, Piazza was the Stadium of Domitian, used as the main arena for athletics games and chariot races,

. It has three fountains: Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana dei Mori designed by Giacomo Della Porta, while the central Fontana dei Fiumi was created by Bernini between 1648 and 1651 . The four giants are depicting the Nile with a veiled head ( indicating that at that time they did not yet know its source) the Rio della Plata, the Danube, ed il Ganges

In front of the latter , on the ruins of an ancient basilica which is still visible in the basement of the building, you can admire the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, a Greek cross church completed by Borromini, with its characteristic concave facade, the twin bell towers and a cupola drum.

For the Christmas season, the square revives with a typical market which is presently a tradition for the Romans. There you can buy gifts, figurines and everything you need for the crib, toys and candies and enjoy the performances of street artists at various points of the square. Year-round, you can find painters and portraitists of good level