Rome - Piazza Navona live camWonderful view of Piazza Navona with the Fountain of Neptune and the Four Rivers Fountain

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    • 1 week ago
    • Kate

    Hello, when does the Christmas fayer start?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Lilly

    Beautiful early morning view' "no people, no noise ..so peaceful "

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Oh dear, raining again, but Rome is still beautiful even in bad weather.

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    • 2 months ago
    • bluebird

    Wave to us, Karen!

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    • 2 months ago
    • Elsa

    I was there 3 months a go.. I want to go back......

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    • 2 months ago
    • Karen Dorman

    10 days to go, I can not wait to share this beautiful place with my Mum and Niece

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    • 2 months ago
    • %arc

    Noon, just when the Church bell's start, a guy got on his knees to propose to his girl friend, loads of peoples applause around, very nice and emotional... Good Luck to you... what a wonderful place to propose.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Catherine Sunter

    Mike I so agree with you. I am listening to the rain tonight and it is midnight and it is magical, no one is there. (except the street cleaners)!! I would love to walk around there in the rain at this time of night.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Mike

    I have seen this many times too Catherine; it seems the exquisite beauty of Rome is far less important than 'Updating your Status' and telling people where you are but not enjoying the place or moment; what's the point? A sad reminder of modern times is ignoring all that masterful Bernini! They have eyes but do not see. Bet they're all missing Costa Coffee too!

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    • 2 months ago
    • %arc

    8.56 Am shooting for a wedding, God Bless the fresh couple

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    • 2 months ago
    • Catherine Sunter

    Mike I agree with you here are people staring at their phones instead of looking at the beauty of where they are at. We ate in a cafe recently and the couple on the next table never looked at each other or spoke. They were glued to their phones so much so that the chap leant down to drink his coke and never took his eyes of his phone. Very strange. Me and mine chat all the time. But he doesn't have a smart phone!!!!!

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    • 2 months ago
    • jacques

    Will go there next month.

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    • 2 months ago
    • jacques

    Wonderful place.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Mike

    What's wrong with these people? Why are the staring at their phones? Don't they realize where they are?

Rome - Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful and largest squares in Rome, daily visited by hundreds of tourists coming from all over the world.

Originally built as Domitian's stadium (also known as Circus Agonalis), in 85 AD was used exclusively for athletics and race horses, after the restoration works done by Alessandro Severo during the 3th century, Piazza Navona was completed during the 17th century and transformed into a large urban space, a highly remarkable masterpiece of Baroque architecture under Pope Innocents X Pamphili who intended to celebrate the rise of the papal family; its huge original dimensions (276x106 meters and a capacity of 30000 spectators) gave the square its long oval shape (still retained today) while thanks to its particular structure Piazza Navona was in the past regularly turned into a summer habit, a space completely flooded on all Saturdays and Sundays of August until 1866.

Originally named "in Agone" (from latin "agones", meaning games) from the 15th century it was developed, new churches and palaces around were built, the old structures razed and replaced with more modern buildings constructed in the unique Renaissance and Baroque style, thus Piazza Navona became a public and prestigious space enriched by architectural treasures of extraordinary beauty and historical importance, it is worth a mention: Fountain of Neptune (Fontana del Nettuno or dei Calderari) created by Giacomo Della Porta and abandoned for a long time until the end of the 19th century, when it was completed by Zappalà and Della Bitta; the magnificent Four Rivers Fountain (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), designed by Bernini and situated in the heart of the square in front of the Church Sant'Agnese in Agone (Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone), its base supports four river-gods representing the four major rivers known at that time: Nile, Danube, Ganges and Rio della Plata, the ancient obelisk is surmounted with the Pamphili family emblem, while the construction of the church began under the architects Rainaldi and, at a later stage at the instigation of Pope Innocents X (who here lies), under Borromini; the church stands exactly where St. Agnes is believed to have found martyrdom, the interior is enriched by golden objects and marble while its basement keeps some ruins from the antique Domitian's stadium; the Moor Fountain (Fontana del Moro) designed by Della Porta and built under Pope Gregory VIII, was later restored and completed by Bernini under Pope Innocents X; the Renaissance Church Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Chiesa Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore), imposing palaces such as Palazzo Braschi, Palazzo Lancellotti, Palazzo Tuccimei and Palazzo Pamphilj.

Piazza Navona is also well known to be home to many street artists, performers and painters attracting thousands of tourists and locals every day, moreover it is surrounded by a magical atmosphere during the winter time, the Christmas and the Epiphany market takes place here every year, due to its size and location, it is rightly considered one of the most beautiful, crowded and animated Christmas markets in Italy.

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