Piazza Navone is a famous town square area in Rome that you can see on tours to Rome. If you are planning Italy sightseeing tours, then you won’t want to miss the beautiful fountains, historic churches, restaurant full of tasty meals, and street performers and painters that roam the plaza and put on shows.
Piazza Navona was built during the first century AD and was used by the ancient Romans as a stadium to watch the Roman agones or games in English. The word “agones” eventually evolved in the plaza’s modern name of “Navona.”
Piazza Navona is an Artistic Treasure
Cheap Italy tours will take you around the Piazza Navone, which by the 15th
century was transformed into the plaza instead of a stadium like the Romans used it for. The Piazza Navona is an example of Baroque architecture and is full of some historically important statues and sculptures such as the Fountain of the Four Rivers, which was created in 1651, the Church of Sant ‘Agnese in Agone, Neptune Fountain & Moor Fountain,
and the Pamphili Palace. The area that the Piazza was built on is known as Domitian’s Stadium.
The Domitian’s Stadium was a long, oval shaped stadium that was created in 86 AD for the Emperor Domitian. He used the stadium mostly for his festivals and sporting activities. The competition area of the stadium was called the “Circus Agonalis” which means “competition arena” in English. However, they paved the whole stadium area over during the1400s. |Tourists, however, can still take Italy tours cheap and go into the underground area to see parts of the original stadium.
Fountain of the Four Rivers
This famous three fountained attraction is one of the main things that tourists like to see when they come to visit the Piazza Navone. It was constructed sometime about 1647 to 1651 because the current Pope at the time, Pope Innocent X, wanted it.It has four characters on it that each stand for one of the area’s continent rivers: the Ganges, the Nile, the Danube and the Rio Della Plata.
Neptune Fountain & Moor Fountain
There are two more famous fountains in the Piazza Navone. The one on the north side is the Fontana di Nettuno (created in 1576) and the one on the south side is the Moor fountain (created in 1576). The first has depictions of the sea God Neptune, along with some sea nymphs, while the second fountain features a Moor and a dolphin.
Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone
The famouse church stands in the Piazza Navone and was built by the request of Pope Innocent X in 1652. It is historically famous for being the very church where stories report that they tried to shame St. Agnes by stripping him, but were not able to do so because he had too much hair and it covered his nakedness.
In modern times, the Piazza Navona features open festivals and fairs, as well as special holiday events like the Feast of Epiphany at Christmas time or the summer festival that brings fortune tellers, painters and entertainers to thrill the crowds.