Mar 16, 2017

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, spectacular plaza, the crowning glory of Rome's Baroque, is accessible only on foot. Its rectangular form, with rounded corners, echoes its original function; that of the 'stadio Domiziano' Domitian's stadium), upon which the plaza was built

Three fountains dominate the plaza: at the centre lies the ost important, the Fontana dei Quattro fiumi (the Four Rivers Fountain), masterwork of Bernini

Outstanding among the buildings surrounding the plaza, is the Chiesa di S. Agnese in Agone (Saint Agnes in competition church), on the western side, with its concave façade and twin bell towers by Borromini. This plaza hosted centuries of races, tournaments, and festivals; which have survived to this day in the form of the 'Festa della Befana' (the Epiphany witch), accompanied by the sound of deafening trumpets

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