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

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    • 2 days ago
    • Gwynn H

    16:40 and a string quartet - what a treat!

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    • 5 days ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    It's running race.

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    • 5 days ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    They closed it all place, I wonder why?

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    • 7 days ago
    • Gert

    What's up with the barricades? Haven't been here in awhile, has something happened to warrant the barricades?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Hello lady in green top, lady in black and white patterned top, gentleman in white top, and the large group with you, waving. I waved back! Have a great time in Rome.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Hopefully someone here will see you, BlackSquirrelCity,and wave back!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • BlackSquirrelCity

    The fountain is operating! Our group from Western Reserve PBS in Northeast Ohio hopes to visit here on Oct. 6, probably in the afternoon. If I can post a time, I will. We'll have a sign and will be waving!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    Tonight they wake a lot to the camera. 22.00.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • DeLeo

    To the young couple on 9/27 about 2:45 PM Rome time, who were waving at the camera while on their phone, you made my day. Enjoy your visit in Rome.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Jules, that is indeed going to be a special weekend coming up!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • BlackSquirrelCity

    Bluebird: We'll try to figure that out. Don't forget to wave back! :-)

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    I think is no water in the fountain and do not go in. Congratulation Jules!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Jules seale

    I’m so looking forward to celebrating my wedding anniversary on the 29th of September and my birthday on the 30th in Rome going to be very special for me

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    Dear Jules! Do not forget to ask the tapes around the fountain!

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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