A place which features a baroque palazzi, regal fountains, and interesting throngs of hawkers, tourists, and street artists, Piazza Navona is central Rome’s leisure hive. Built where the 1st century Stadio di Domiziano used to be, Piazza Navona was home to the city’s main market for over 300 years. The main attractions in this square are the three different, intricately-designed fountains.
The first of the four fountains is Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi -- the piazza’s beautiful centerpiece -- which boasts of an Egyptian obelisk and a solid representation of the four mighty rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Plate.
Another fountain in this piazza is Fontana del Moro, a creation which was originally called as the “Sea Shell Fountain.” Located in the southern part of the piazza, Fontana del Moro is known for its strong details of the moor.
The last fountain is Fontana del Nettuno, or Neptune’s Fountain which depicts the god’s battle with sea nymphs. This fountain was the last to be finished.
Other attractions in this place include the Church of St Agnese in Agone where the young St. Agnese was martyred, and the enormous museum found inside Palazzo Braschi. The beautiful paintings on display -- usually created by street artists -- all over the piazza offer a unique and interesting sight. During the day, a number of street performers and magicians dazzle the crowd with their jaw-dropping performances. Piazza Navona during sunset is a beauty to behold -- the golden rays of the sun spread across the piazza’s buildings is a sight that needs to be immortalized by photographs.
During the evenings, Piazza Navona comes to life. Its medieval beauty -- emphasized by the lights -- and the sounds and scent of mouth-watering delicacies lingering on the streets make this piazza a great place to relax and unwind.