Thursday, January 5, 2012


The long oval shape of this square has its origins in history. In 86 AD the emperor Domitian built a stadium known as "Circus Agonalis" (competition arena) and was used mainly for festivals and sporting events. In the fifteenth century the area was paved over to create the Navona square.
The main attraction of the Piazza are the three fountains by Bernini.
I want to live here.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers:  Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio della Plata )
Centerpiece of the Piazza, the fountain is carved from a rock at the base of an obelisk and represents the four corners of the world. Built between 1647 and 1651 at the request of Pope Innocent X.

Detail: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana del Moro, circa 17th century by Bernini

Detail: Fontana del Moro

Fontana del Netunno (Neptune Fountain)
1576 by Giacomo della Porta

Detail: Fontana del Netunno

And, of course, no self-respecting Piazza would be complete without a church.
Sant'Agnese in Agone.
Commissioned 1652; Competed 1670

And to keep you entertained, street musicians. We sat for a while and enjoyed their music. They were quite good.

The next pictures are random shots taken during our many walks around Rome.

Monumento Nazionale a Vittoriio Emanuele II (first king of a unified Italy)
Circa 1911 - 1935
Houses Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Fruit Stand

Domes in the sky.

Fell in love with the umbrella pines.

Arco di Constantino

This concludes our time in Rome. Tomorrow--Pompeii


  1. Wow. Nice. I think I'd like to live there, too. The only problem would be the tourists!

  2. What a wonderful trip you had. Lucky you! Thank you for sharing these photos with us. All of them are wonderful. No wonder you snapped over thousand. It doesn't matter whether or how many times many of these places have already been seen, it is important that you have seen them personally and that your photos were taken through your own objective the way you saw it. I completely enjoyed.
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  3. Piazza Navona is hard to photograph, isn't it? I find that it's easier at 6:30 am! :-) I love Rome, thanks for the reminder!


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