One of the famous and typical urban complexes of Baroque Rome. Buildings, built on the ruins of the Domitian stadium (of which the actual square preserves the shape and dimensions) mark its outline. Tournaments, festivals and races took place through the centuries in Piazza Navona. Since the 17th century ’til mid-19th century, on Saturdays and Sundays of August the square was partially flooded and naumachias (naval combats) were held here.
Three fountains decorate the square:
“Fontana del Moro”, so called for the statue of the Moor fighting a dolphin;
“Fontana dei Fiumi”, one of the most beautiful works by the illustrious Bernini the sculptor;
“Fontana de’ Calderari”, aka the Fontana del Nettuno.
Opposite the Fontana dei Fiumi you may admire the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, began by Carlo and Girolamo Rainaldi during the age of Pope Innocent X and completed by Borromini who changed it deeply and made of it a masterpiece.
Next to the Church is Palazzo Pamphili, a work by Girolamo Rainaldi, since 1960 seat of the Brazilian embassy. Opposite the palazzo is the church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore already San Giacomo degli Spagnoli, built for the Jubilee of the year 1450.
This tour has been designed for tourists and cruise passengers searching for an exciting itinerary but having only a short time to discover the city’s main attractions.