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New York City, New York
March 15, 2003
From journal Enjoying Rome
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
February 16, 2003
The first, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, was unveiled in 1651 and was built for the pope Innocent X Pamphilj. The fountain is built around an ancient Roman obelisk, with the pope’s coat of armor attached to it. The obelisk is surrounded by four giant figures, each representing one of the four rivers – the Ganges, the Danube, The Nile, and the Plate.
The second fountain on the Piazza is the beautiful Fontana del Moro, which very much like the Trevi Fountain has a sea scene, with a figure of Neptune in the middle standing on sea creatures with water coming out of their mouths. It is surrounded by four Tritons, each blowing water out of the shells. You have to walk around the fountain and spend some time looking at each figure to really appreciate each statue. This fountain has a very light and playful appearance about it, while Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi looks like a very heavy, elaborate, and massive structure.
From journal Italy in May - Rome, Part IV
December 4, 2002
From journal Rome beyond the Ruins
March 10, 2002
Piazza Navona is a conglomeration of everything Italian. The lawn is full of artists with their paintings, people posing as statues (with jars for tips), Bernini fountain, beautiful churches, touristy restaurants and obnoxious advertising billboards. The area was consistently quiet in the morning, with the fountains covered with pigeons (flying rats as we heard them called by one Italian!). The restaurants begin filling up for the lunch crowd, but the main crowd of people arrives in the evening.
The restaurants have ample outside seating, with propane heaters to warm the area. The evenings in November were just cool enough to appreciate the extra heat. Most of the waiters speak English to accommodate the tourist crowds and the higher prices reflect this tourist catering. We did not eat a meal at any of the restaurants, but opted to have drinks while watching all the people at the piazza. One waiter identified the Italian hobby of "strolling", casual walking to see and be seen. We opted to participate in this style of walking after enjoying several glasses of wine at the restaurant. This gave us time to really look at the fountain and the church. We had read the "story" from our handy guide book, so appreciated the statues on the fountain as they looked away from the church in disgust.
The location of this piazza was perfect for us. It was easily within walking distance of our hotel, and quickly became a meeting point for our group and landmark for getting to/from other places in the city. From Piazza Navona, we walked to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and to numerous restaurants. We could easily catch busses along Corso Vittorio Emanuele as this major street was just two short blocks from Piazza Navona.
Oh, the painting…. It did fit in the suitcase, padded with clothes to keep it protected. We had it stretched and framed, costing over $200 due to the texture and type of canvas. Fortunately, we had the perfect place to hang the painting as an excellent reminder of our Italy vacation.
From journal Pope John Paul II
June 28, 2001
From journal Roam in Rome
November 30, 2000
From journal Italy: Rome
July 11, 2000
From journal 3 Weeks in Rome