One of the most popularly known squares in Rome is Piazza Navona. It is famous not only among locals but also among tourists and artists from all over the world. Piazza Navona is located in the heart of Rome’s historic center, just on the west side of the Pantheon. It is seen as a massive podium set like that of a theater where the typical daily lives of the local Romans are being portrayed and performed.
Piazza Navona is considered as among the sprightliest and the most stunning squares in the Eternal City. It is also where a large number of fine restaurants, bars, night social establishments, outdoor cafes are located. Apart from these establishments, Piazza Navona is likewise known for its handful eye catcher sightseeing spots. If you are visiting Rome and you want to get closer to a handful of attractions, staying at one of the hotels near the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon is a great decision. To give a quick look at what you can find in Piazza Navona, here are some of the interesting gems you can find in this lively square.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, also known as the Fountain of the Four Rivers, is considered as the primary and the most interesting tourist spots in Piazza Navona. It is just among the three gorgeous fountains that titivate the square and is popularly known as among the finest Baroque masterpieces in the Eternal City.
Fountain of the Four Rivers is the largest of the three fountains in Piazza Navona. It is located at the central area of the square. This gigantic fountain features four different statues. Each of the figures represents the four rivers from different regions, namely, Rio de la Plata in South America, Nile in Africa, Danube in Europe and Ganges in Asia.
The Fountain of the Four Rivers exhibits the genius works of the ancient artists Borromini and Bernini. It was first commissioned and initially designed by Borromini but was then granted to Bernini. The fountain was built sometime between 1647 and 1651 as per request of Pope Innocent X.
Fontana del Nettuno
Fontana del Nettuno, also referred to as Neptune fountain or Fontana dei Calderari, is the one located at the northern end of Piazza Navona. It was built in 1576 to honor Giovanni Angelo di Medici, better known as Pope Pious IV, who was the newly appointed pope at that time.
The fountain was initially built with its basin first, without the statues. It was originally designed by Giacomo Della Porta and was funded by Pope Gregory XIII. After 300 years, Antonio della Bitta finally completed the construction of the fountain.
Fontana del Nettuno is recognized with the figure of the god of the sea Neptune together with some sea nymphs fighting against an octopus.
Fontana del Moro
On the southern end of the square is the Fontana del Moro, also popularly known as the Moor Fountain. It is called by its name because it features a Moor or an African fighting with a dolphin. The Moor stands in a conch shell and is being encircled by four Tritons.
The original design was made in 1575 by Giacomo Della Porta. It was initially designed with just the dolphin and the Tritons. The figure of the Moor was just added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1653.
Sant’Agnese in Agone Church
One other interesting spot in Piazza Navona is the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone or Sant’Agnese in Piazza Navona. It is a titular deaconry church and is considered as among the gems of the 17th century Baroque era.
The church of Sant’Agnese in Agone is situated in front of the Fountain of the Four Rivers, directly facing the square. It was constructed in 1652 and was designed by architects Girolamo Rainaldi and Carlo Rainaldi, Girolamo’s son. Later on, architect Francesco Borromini helped in designing the church. The construction was commissioned by Pope Innocent X.
The church of Sant’Agnese in Agone is believed to be the exact location where early Christian St. Agnes was stripped naked.