April 2004 - Rome Italy
Photos from Piazza Navona, a spectacular plaza, the crowning glory of Baroque Rome, is accessible only on foot. Its rectangular form, with rounded corners, echoes its original function; that of the 'stadio Domiziano' Domitian's stadium), upon which the plaza was built.
Also outstanding is the Chiesa di S. Agnese in Agone (Saint Agnes in Competition church).
Three fountains dominate the plaza: at the centre lies the Fontana dei Quattro fiumi-the Four Rivers Fountain (Nile, Danube, Ganges, Rio de la Plata, symbolizing Africa, Asia, Europe and America), masterwork of Bernini.
At the southern end, again by Bernini, La Fontana del Moro (the Moor's Fountain).
Piazza Navona is one of the most frequented place in Rome where both locals and tourists like to hang out even till late in the night thanks to the numerous outdoors cafés, restaurants and piano-bars. It is extremely pleasant to sit on a cool stone bench and watch the world go by or ata table in one of the cafés that face onto the square and have an espresso or a glass of wine, while the locals shop and the street musicians entertain the tourists. You will suddenly feel the Roman in you.