Rome

Piazza Navona

This rectangular piazza feels more like a wide street, lending itself well to walking and enjoying the ambiance of the bars, cafes, and street artists gathered amongst the sculptures and the fountains.

A short walk west of the Pantheon is the Piazza Navona, home to some exemplary Baroque architecture and sculpture. Surrounded by classic Italian facades, including that of the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, one enters the Piazza Navona and feels completely immersed in the city of Rome.

Fantana dei Quattro Fiumi

The fountains and sculptures in the Piazza Navona are some of the best in Italy. The most famous is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the most celebrated sculptors and architects in history. Located in the center of the piazza, this magnificent work features lifelike depictions of four gods, each representing a river: the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube, and the Río de la Plata. These rivers, in turn, represent the spread of Catholicism and the Pope’s authority to their respective continents.