on July 9, 2012
The Piazza Navona isn’t the easiest of places to get to. The nearest metro stop is Barberini although the piazza is a good walk away from here. I’m sure there are a lot of buses that go to this area but they were much harder to figure out than the metro so we decided to walk all the way there. The walk isn’t bad though as it means you get to see some other parts of Rome which you wouldn’t get to otherwise. The Piazza Navona is one of the most famous squares in Italy. The square is built on the former Stadium of Domitian. The square and stadium was somewhere that the ancient Romans went to watch gladiator games. Nowadays, the square is a popular tourist attraction and meeting place. The Piazza Navona has three stunning fountains, one of which is the Fountain of Four Rivers which has an Egyptian obelisk in the middle. At the northern end is the Neptune Fountain while the south is home to the Moor fountain. I love looking at fountains so this was a real plus for me. In the middle of the day, especially in the summer, Piazza Navona is a wonderful place to visit. This is an extremely busy area during tourist season so sometimes there isn’t a lot of space to walk around easily. However, people here always seem to keep moving so you just kind of have to go with the flows of the crowd. Also in the Piazza Navona is the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone which is quite a stunning building. Although we didn’t go into the church, it is open every day apart from Monday and when mass takes place on Sundays. Entrance is free. The Piazza Navona is also full of small stalls selling various items. The stalls are really interesting to look at and to discover all of the different things on sale. Many of the stalls do sell many tourist memorabilia but the range on offer seems better than any of the shops like this that we had been in. Also, buying your gifts and mementos here makes for a much better experience than buying them in some tiny shop somewhere with staff that barely acknowledges you’re there. The stall vendors are nice and polite and very helpful if you ask about prices. While there are many cafes and restaurants that are in the Piazza Navona, it is highly advisable that you don’t eat in any of them, no matter how convenient they might be. Restaurants here take extremely advantage of tourists and their menus are overprices. Just looking at some of the menus outside immediately made me not want to eat here or even sit to have a drink. If you walk a couple of streets away from here though, you will find much more reasonably priced places where you can eat. Anywhere right next to a tourist attraction will try to take you for all you’re worth when it comes to food.
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