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

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    • 4 days ago
    • JackV

    Hi Bluebird, I am so glad you are back with us! Hope that all is well with you. Truth be told, I have been excited about our upcoming trip for quite a while now, particularly the Rome segment. I believe that I am officially in love with that city.

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    • 4 days ago
    • bluebird

    Hi, everyone! 'Sorry to be away so long! Jack - Are you getting excited about your upcoming trip? Gwynn - I know you had a wonderful one!

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    • 1 week ago
    • Jetzen

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROMA !!!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    I agree Gwynn, music and travel, both an education in themselves. Best wishes to you and your choir.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Sandor

    No veo la imagen !! Ustedes ?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • JackV

    Well said,Gwynn!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Ah, Linda. Music never leaves you. :) I myself am just the administrator to help it happen, but I think music and travel are two things that change a young person's view of the world and I love helping to make both of those happen. Texans can have a rather self-absorbed view of life and it is so fun to show young people how big the world really is. Don't let me get on my soapbox - lol!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Hi Gwynn, thanks for your reply regards your choir, good to know that youngsters are involved. I used to be a chorister,, and a soloist singer, but stuff happens, life changes, and I kind of drifted away from it all. I still sing at home for my own entertainment, but not in public anymore. Psallam spiritu et mente - I will sing with the spirit and the understanding also.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    HI, Linda! It's a small community group for 5th-12th graders and we were actually in London last summer. :) With travel only every 2-3 years, it will be a while before the group gets back there.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Gwynn H, what is the name of your choir, and do you ever visit the UK?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    No, Jack. It will be a quieter summer around here this year. The next choir trip will be in 2019 to Ireland. I am contemplating options for 2018 for us, though, to see what we might do on miles.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • JackV

    Gwynn, I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip. I was certain that you would. Will the choir be on the road this year?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ajay

    Hi 2 men waving :)

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Jack, it was great! I loved going with my daughter and loved Cordoba, Seville, and Granada! (Maybe Granada slightly the best for me?) This week is Semana Santa in Seville, so am spending lots,of time on the webcams there watching the festivities progress through where I just was!
    You guys will definitely have to give us a wave from either Sorrento or Rome this year!

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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