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Grimsby, England, United Kingdom
July 9, 2012
From journal Rome pt.2
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
January 7, 2012
From journal The Golden, Eternal city...
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
heber ctity, Utah
August 28, 2007
From journal City of Thieves
May 22, 2007
Piazza Navona is located in the historic center of Rome, near the Pantheon. It is a great place to view some art and architecture, have a drink or a bite to eat, check out the shops, and generally people-watch. The piazza follows the plan of an ancient Roman circus, essentially a race track. In this case, like the first-century Stadium of Domitian, where the Romans came to watch the agones ("games"). The name, Navona, stems from the corruption of the word agones into agone, then nagone and then, navona, which actually means "big ship" in Italian.We went about noon hour, so stopped at a bar or enoteca with tables outside directly in front of Bernini's Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. The fountain, unfortunately, is undergoing restoration, so had scaffolding and boards all around it and you could only see parts and not the whole. It is intended to represent the four great rivers of the world.Where we sat was an excellent spot to view the Borromini designed church, Sant'Agnese in Agone as well as the della Porta fountains, Fontana del Nettuno, and Fontana del Moro. The little food spot is called Tucci where we had caprese salad and pasta. Food was not great but okay for a big tourist site area and the bottle of Chianti washed it all down nicely. As we ate lunch, the piazza grew steadily busier and guys selling illegal knockoffs of sunglasses, purses, and watches started setting up their tables or blankets. People began hanging around near our table waiting for us to leave.We finally left our table to wander around the piazza, look at the sculptures close up and window shop in the various shops.It was a fun place to spend time and soak up some atmosphere.
From journal A Week in Rome to Wine, Dine, and Tour
July 11, 2000
From journal 3 Weeks in 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
November 30, 2000
From journal Italy: Rome
London, United Kingdom
June 6, 2008
From journal Rome in September