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Piazza Navona


Piazza Navona è una magnifica piazza barocca collocata nel centro di Roma. È stata edificata sul sito archeologico dell’antico Stadio di Domiziano dell’86 d.C., in cui si svolgevano gare di atletica e corse di cavalli. Il suo nome deriva dal termine latino “Agones”, che significa “giochi”. Una curiosità relativa a questa Piazza è che veniva utilizzata come scenario per i giochi d’acqua: venivano bloccati gli scarichi della rete fognaria cosicché l’acqua delle fontane allagasse l’intera piazza.

Piazza Navona è conosciuta soprattutto per le fontane e gli edifici presenti al suo interno: la chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone, il Palazzo Pamphilj, la chiesa di Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore, la Fontana del Moro, la  Fontana del Nettuno e la Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.

La fontana più importante è quella del Quattro Fiumi, edificata da Gian Lorenzo Bernini nel 1650. È composta da una scogliera di pietra che rappresenta la terra e che sorregge un alto obelisco di granito. Sugli angoli della scogliera ci sono delle particolari statue marmoree dei quattro fiumi dei continenti allora conosciuti: il Danubio simboleggia l’Europa, con la statua di un cavallo; il Gange rappresenta l’Asia, con il remo e il dragone; il Nilo è il fiume del continente africano, raffigurato da una statua che si copre il volto, la quale è associata al leone ed alla palma; il Rio della Plata per l’America, ha un personaggio che alza un braccio posto accanto ad un armadillo.

Leggete la nostra recensione su Il Bacaro, un ristorante situato proprio a Piazza Navona:


Piazza Navona is a magnificent square in the baroque style which is located in the centre of Rome. It was built on the archaeological site of the ancient Stadio of Domiziano (Stadium) of 86 A.D., where were athletics and horse races were held. Its name comes from the latin word “Agones”, which means “games”. One curiosity relating this square is that it was used as the location for water games: the drains of the sewer system were blocked so that the water from the fountains flooded the entire square.

Piazza Navona is mostly known for the fountains and the buildings that are located inside it: the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, the Palace Pamphilj, the church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore, the Fountain of Moro, the Fountain of Nettuno and the Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi (four rivers).

The most important fountain is the one of the Quattro Fiumi, which was built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1650. It is composed of a stone cliff which represents the land and that supports a tall granite obelisk. On the corners of the cliff there are four particular marble statues of the four rivers which were known at that time: the Danube symbolizes Europe, with its horse statue; the Ganges represents Asia, with the oar and the dragon; the Nile is the river of the African continent, which is depicted by a statue that covers its face, which is associated to the lion and the palm tree; the Rio de la Plata for America, which has a character that is raising his arm and which is located next to an armadillo.

Read our review about the Bacaro, a restaurant of Piazza Navona:

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