Piazza Navona

The most famous square of Baroque Rome stands on the site of Domitian's stadium and the name seems to derive from a popular corruption of the term for the competitive games« in agone » which were held here. From the times of Domitian on, the place was used almost exclusively for sport events, including the famous August regatta in which the participants wore the colors of the nobles and the civic clergy. Even now the feast of the Befana (the Italian version of Santa Claus who arrives on January 6th) is celebrated there in January with a typical market.
excerpt from
The Golden Book of Rome and the Vatican

24 - 25 March 2001

Fontana di Nettuno

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona Seating

Looking south thru
the fountains

Piazza Navona Fountain Column

Piazza Navona Artists

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Piazza Navona Fountain Four Rivers

Piazza Navona Fountain Nightime

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
after dark

Piazza Navona Fountain Nightime Closeup

Piazza Navona Fountain Four Rivers

Piazza Navona Fountain Four Rivers Nightime

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