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- Piazza Navona
- Spanish Steps
- Campo de' Fiori
- Roman Forum
- Piazza Venezia
- Vatican Museums
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
- Piazza del Popolo
- Villa Borghese
- Piazza della Repubblica
- Lido di Ostia
- Gemelli Polyclinic
- Bambino Gesu Hospital
- Piazza Bologna
- University of Roma-La Sapienza
- Piazza di Spagna
- Santa Maria in Trastevere
What you should know about Navona
You enter the Piazza de Navona in Rome via an alleyway. Once inside, the space opens up into a huge oval resembling an ancient stadium. The Piazza is built over the remains of the Stadium of Domitian, a 1st-century structure that once housed thousands of sports spectators. As the stadium fell into disrepair, it was used as a market place. Under Pope Innocent X, the area was slowly transformed into a public space and is now considered one of the most beautiful Piazzas in all of Italy. There are many fine hotels around Piazza Navona, Rome, from expansive suites to family-friendly facilities. Explore them all on Hotels.com, where you can examine photographs, reviews, and the amenities of each hotel before selecting your favorite. Hotels.com lets you book your rooms directly on the site, ensuring you the highest quality rooms at competitive prices.
What's Piazza de Navona Like?
The highlights of the Piazza de Navona are the Baroque fountains. The main one, the Fontana deu Quattro Fiumi, was designed in the 1600s by Bernini and features four of the world's most famous rivers along with an obelisk rising from the center. The other two fountains depict Neptune and a Moor gentleman. Long ago, the fountains were plugged on very hot days. The Piazza was flooded, and neighbors and their animals all splashed in the cool water. Today, you will be refreshed by the atmosphere in the Piazza de Navona. Locals and tourists alike take a seat in the plaza and watch shoppers, lovers, street performers, and artists. The area is vehicle-free, meaning children can chase pigeons, and older travelers can leisurely stroll about the Piazza without fear of traffic. When you get hungry, be aware that cafes directly on the Piazza are expensive and touristy, so step off into the side streets if you want more modestly-priced fare.
How to Get Along with Locals in Piazza Navona
The locals in Piazza de Navona are very used to tourists. They are helpful and friendly, but do watch for pickpockets. Greet people in the Piazza and they will generally return the friendly gesture. When you grab a gelato, or a tartufo - a local chocolate ice cream treat - take the time to chat up the clerks. Do the same in the shops and restaurants, and you will make many new friends and learn some insider tips about Rome. Knowing a smattering of Italian also helps, as locals will realize you care about their language and culture. The Piazza is stunning and romantic when lit up for the evening.
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