Piazza navona

PIAZZA NAVONA

Piazza Navona is a famous square in Rome, located 15 minutes by walk from the Hassler Roma. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian (1st century AD) and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. It represents a significant example of Baroque Roman architecture.

On the square the renowed Palazzo Pamphilj. It was built between 1644 and 1650 and since 1920 the palace has housed the Brazilian Embassy in Italy.In the center stands the famous “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian. There are two other fountains: the Fontana del Moro, at the southern end, with a basin and four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta (1575) to which, in 1673, Bernini added a statue of a Moor, wrestling with a dolphin; the Fountain of Neptune (1574), at the northern end, also created by Giacomo della Porta.

In proximity of Piazza Navona there is an important cloister, the “Chiostro del Bramante”, one of the high points of Renaissance architecture in Rome and the central element of what was originally a monastery complex which also included the adjacent church of “Santa Maria della Pace”. The cloister is a space open to the public which offers a comprehensive range of cultural services and options for social meetings.

Furthermore, not so far, there is one of the most important High Renaissance palaces in Rome, Palazzo Farnese. Owned by the Italian Republic, it was given to the French government in 1936 for a period of 99 years, and currently serves as the French embassy in Italy.

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