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
    • bluebird

    Barbara & Lucy: - I know what you mean. There are times I've wanted to jump through the screen and say, "Hey, you! Stop that!" (and grab them). Trevi fountain and the boat fountain at the Spanish steps are even more often vandalized. The coins from the Trevi fountain, I know, are used for charity. I suppose the coins from the other ones are, as well.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Lucy

    Barbara - I did not see the guy taking stealing the coins at Piazza Navona. Too bad he did not fall in head first while contorting himself to reach the coins. I used to watch them stealing from the Barcaccia at the Spanish Steps every night. However, since there has been police presence, I assume all night, I have not seen any more thieves there.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Barbara Heine

    Did anyone see the guy taking coins out of the fountain in Piazza Navona this morning at 5:30 am Rome time? He rode up on a bike and walked around the fountain closest to the camera and picked out coins at several sections, leaning over the water in a lot of contorted positions.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Hope you come back refreshed, bluebird!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Anne

    Hi guy waving to camera at 19.14 local time have a great time .

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • JackV

    That sounds like a fun trip, Bluebird. Enjoy!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • bluebird

    Since hubby is beginning a new venture as an independent contractor within the next 2 weeks, we're getting away for a couple of days, now, leaving tomorrow for Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This time, besides the falls, we're adding on a couple of winery tours and classes, the locks along the St. Lawrence River and, if time permits, some more architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. The falls are just so majestic that we never tire of visiting.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Agreed, Bluebird and Jack. It's like having friends you have never met. Sharing a passion for travel is special and I can't wait to hear about what plans unfold next!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • bluebird

    Jack - Equally as glad to know you, too! Lots of fun and informative conversations.....

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • JackV

    Gwynn & Bluebird - You are both just very sweet and caring people. I count myself lucky to have come to know you both over the past two years. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • bluebird

    Oh, Jack! 'Sorry to hear your trip was cut short, but happy the issues were taken care of quick enough to prevent further damage! About 2 years ago, I had experienced vision "sparks", went to the opthomologist who said the vitreous fluid was detaching, but so long as it happened slowly, there should be no damage to the retina. Actually, the same thing happened to my sister, so maybe it runs in our family. I was okay, although now I do have the beginnings of macular degeneration. Sigh...... I was envious of your trip, Jack, and can't wait to return, again, myself. Also glad you had great weather and great food. Paris will always be there, waiting for you next time!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Oh goodness, Jack! That is scary - I am glad it seems to have had a good ending! Poor Jan! But now you owe her a trip to Paris.

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    • 1 month ago
    • JackV

    Hey Gywnn, we did skip Paris due to a medical emergency. We were schedule to go there from Rome on the 25th and flew home that morning instead. We thought that Jan had a partially detached retina but it turned out that the vitreous solution at the back of her left eye had detached from the retina. They corrected that with laser surgery at Methodist yesterday. We dodged a bullet!

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gwynn H

    Glad you had a good trip, Jack! The food, views, and people are pretty much a given - so I am glad the weather also cooperated! Did you skip Paris this time?

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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