The Piazza Navona is possibly Rome’s most beautiful square. It is not just the architecture that beckons visitors, but the entire aura of the square – Piazza Navona is alive. Built over the origins of a 1st century Roman circus for foot races, this square retains the original shape of its 1st century predecessor, all the while communicating an entirely new architectural language – the evocative emotion of the Baroque. The Piazza Navona is crowned by Bernini’s masterful Fountain of the Four Rivers – second only to the famed Trevi Fountain – and is furthermore characterized by the incredible facade and bell- towers of Borromini’s church of St. Agnes.
If this is not already enough to draw a crowd, the Piazza Navona furthermore boasts renaissance palaces, gourmet restaurants, bustling cafes and a Christmas market that ranks among Europe’s best. And, being the heart of Rome’s pedestrian-only district, it is the street-performer’s and up-and-coming artist’s preferred stage to showcase their talents.
This audio tour will walk you through the history, art and architect of the Piazza Navona, piecing this beautiful square into the greater story of Rome.