Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful and renowned squares in Rome, owes its shape to the ancient stadium of Domitian, built in the 2nd century, which was located exactly where the square is today.
It hosts some of the most important works of art of Rome, in particular of the city’s baroque heritages: Bernini’s fountain of the four rivers, topped by the ancient Egyptian obelisk, and Borromini’s Sant’Agnese in Agone, with its original concave and convex lines which ended up inspiring architects and monuments all over Europe, from Vienna’s Karlskirche to Portugal’s Mafra convent.
For over 300 years it has been the home to one of the most important markets in the city and still today it is populated by a wide variety of street musicians, tourists and pigeons.
For more information about the area visit our page The Quarters Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Navona, two areas which superbly represent the city of Rome. The squares are located on each side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and just a short walk apart.