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Piazza Navona

The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers. 

Considered one of Rome’s most accomplished displays of baroque architecture, this fine square gained its facades in the mid-17th century under Pope Innocent X, who employed artists like Bernini, Borromini and Rainaldi to transform this square into a showcase of Rome’s great artistry.

Rainaldi built the Palazzo Pamphilj, the new home of the pope, but it is now home to the Brazilian Embassy. The building that dominates the square is the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, dedicated to the young martyr who is believed to have died on this spot. Famed for its domed ceiling (covered with the sumptuous murals of Ciro Ferri and Sebastiano Corbellini) and its shrine of St. Agnes (with her skull encased in a bejeweled box), there are expert, if expensive, guided tours of the church available on a regular basis.

Walk into the center of Piazza Navona and you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), a design of Bernini’s that depicts four river gods at the base, from which sprouts the sizable Obelisk of Domitian, not dissimilar to the Egyptian monument in Piazza San Pietro. You may recognize this fountain from the hit movie Angels & Demons, based on the Dan Brown novel. At opposite ends of the Piazza are two more water features, Giacomo Della Porta’s Fontana del Moro, with its distinct rose-colored marble base, and the Fontana del Nettuno, portraying the god of the sea wrestling with an octopus. There’s perhaps no other square in the world that uses water so artistically.

Piazza Navona offers the perfect place for a quiet stop during any visit to Rome. Not only are there many cafés and restaurants, so you can reward your walk with espresso and a tartufo (an Italian ice-cream dessert) from the superb Tre Scalini, but the scores of street artists, musicians and performers ensures there isn’t a dull moment. Grand and ancient, yet brimming with life, that’s Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona is in central Rome, less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Trevi Fountain, making these two sights an ideal duet. You can take a Metro/bus combination to get there.


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Lodging Near Piazza Navona

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Hotel Quirinale

Hotel Quirinale

Via Nazionale 7, Rome
4.1
of 5, from 2,402 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.

$168
Albergo Del Senato

Albergo Del Senato

Piazza Della Rotonda 73, Rome
4.8
of 5, from 1,002 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 19th-century baroque hotel stands on Rome's Piazza della Rotonda, opposite the Pantheon. The Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, the Spanish Steps, and Via del Corso are within walking distance.

$95
Hotel Delle Nazioni

Hotel Delle Nazioni

Via Poli 7, Rome
4.3
of 5, from 1,711 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Hotel Delle Nazioni is situated in the heart of Rome, just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain. This 4-star hotel is 5 minutes from both the Spanish Steps and stylish Via Condotti shopping.

$94
River Palace Hotel

River Palace Hotel

Via Flaminia 33, Rome
4.4
of 5, from 1,409 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This classically renovated Rome hotel is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese Park, and the Vatican.

$106
Napoleon Hotel

Napoleon Hotel

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 105, Rome
4.3
of 5, from 1,956 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Set in a quiet 19th-century building, this family-run hotel is 500 meters from Rome's St Maria Maggiore cathedral, 1 kilometer from the Coliseum, and is opposite the metro.

$84
Hotel Navona

Hotel Navona

Via dei Sediari 8, Rome
4.2
of 5, from 461 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Navona, this hotel is steps from Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza and Piazza Navona. Pantheon and Campo de' Fiori are also within 10 minutes.

$75
Hotel Teatro Pace

Hotel Teatro Pace

Via Teatro Pace 33, Rome
4.3
of 5, from 376 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Navona, this hotel is steps from Santa Maria della Pace and Piazza Navona. Campo de' Fiori and Pantheon are also within 10 minutes.

$228
Hotel Raphaël-Relais & Châteaux

Hotel Raphaël-Relais & Châteaux

Largo Febo, Rome
4.5
of 5, from 564 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Just off the bustling Piazza Navona, this ivy-clad Rome hotel is 500 meters from the Pantheon, and less than 2 kilometers from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.