This is baroque Rome in all its theatrical glory!
A collection of curvaceous architecture and elaborate fountains by the era’s two greatest architects, Bernini and Borromini, and cgurchesfilled with paintings by the likes of Caravaggio and Rubens. The street plan was largely overhauled by 16th- to 18th century popes attempting to improve the traffic flow from St Peter’s – in fact, a 19th century plan to turn Piazza Navona into a boulevard from Prati across Ponte Umberto.
Four Rivers Fountain
The statues ringing Bernini’s theatrical 1651 centerpiecesymbolise 4 rivers representing the continents: The Ganges (Asia), Danube (Europe), Rio de la Plata (America) and the Nile (Africa). The obelisk, balancing over a sculptural void, is a Romanera fake, its Egyptian granite carved with the hieroglyphic names of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.
Piazza Navona, is one of Rome’s loveliest pedestrian squares,which is studded with fountains and lined with palaces, such as Pamphilj, the church of Sant’Agnese and classy cafe’s such as Tre Scalini, famous for its delectable chocolate homemade tartufo ice cream ball.
The original hill of Rome, the Quiral was mainly residential in Imperial times, noted for its grand bathsand temples. In the Middle Ages, it reverted to open countryside and it wasn’t until the 16th century that it again became important, when the crest of the hill was claimed for the pope’s new palace. Followin that, important popal families built their large estates all around the area, including the Barberini, the Corsini and the Ludovisi.
Fontana di Trevi
Too oftened thronged with tourists (even at 3 am!!!), yet the sher beauty and power of this creation are nevertheless overwhelming, day or night. It’s also perfect opportunity to make any wishes you may have in mind, the more romantic, the better!
Have some coins ready for tossing in – backwards, of course – to ensure your return to Rome!
Location: Fontana di Trevi, piazza Navona | Rome, Italy
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