on June 5, 2004
Piazza Navona is one of the more famous pedestrian squares (or ovals) in Rome. With the very dramatic Quattro Fuimi, Bernini's famous fountain, as its centerpiece, the large piazza has a colorful and interesting past. Until the 19th century, it was actually flooded and the rich would ride around in carriages while the urchins paddled behind them.
Today the piazza is habituated by people strolling around, enjoying gelati, and taking a look at who's wearing what. The piazza is surrounded with cafes and stores, and filled with vendors selling their souvenirs.
It's the perfect spot for La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) or "la dolce fa niente" ("the sweetness of doing nothing. . ." other than eating gelato!).
©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009