Piazza Navona

Monument & Heritage Check location

Built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, commissioned around 80 AD by the emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus as a gift to the people of Rome and used for athletic contests and chariot races, the Piazza Navona follows the entire form of this former stadium.

Displaying three impressive fountains and an obelisk, the square is also known for the baroque church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. A charming area, the piazza is surrounded by restaurants and lively terraces and it’s the stage for seasonal fairs. The central Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi was designed by Bernini in 1651 and the four statues represent the rivers Nile, Danube, Ganges, and Rio de La Plata.

The Fontana del Moro, at the southern end, displays four Tritons to which, in 1673, Bernini added a statue of a Moor wrestling with a dolphin and at the opposite side, the Fontana del Nettuno features a Neptune added almost 300 years after the original construction to balance with the statue of the Moor.

Contacts & Details

Piazza Navona 00186 Roma