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Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona featuring a square or plaza, heritage architecture and skyline
The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers. 

Considered one of Rome’s most accomplished displays of baroque architecture, this fine square gained its facades in the mid-17th century under Pope Innocent X, who employed artists like Bernini, Borromini and Rainaldi to transform this square into a showcase of Rome’s great artistry.

Rainaldi built the Palazzo Pamphilj, the new home of the pope, but it is now home to the Brazilian Embassy. The building that dominates the square is the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, dedicated to the young martyr who is believed to have died on this spot. Famed for its domed ceiling (covered with the sumptuous murals of Ciro Ferri and Sebastiano Corbellini) and its shrine of St. Agnes (with her skull encased in a bejeweled box), there are expert, if expensive, guided tours of the church available on a regular basis.

Walk into the center of Piazza Navona and you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), a design of Bernini’s that depicts four river gods at the base, from which sprouts the sizable Obelisk of Domitian, not dissimilar to the Egyptian monument in Piazza San Pietro. You may recognize this fountain from the hit movie Angels & Demons, based on the Dan Brown novel. At opposite ends of the Piazza are two more water features, Giacomo Della Porta’s Fontana del Moro, with its distinct rose-colored marble base, and the Fontana del Nettuno, portraying the god of the sea wrestling with an octopus. There’s perhaps no other square in the world that uses water so artistically.

Piazza Navona offers the perfect place for a quiet stop during any visit to Rome. Not only are there many cafés and restaurants, so you can reward your walk with espresso and a tartufo (an Italian ice-cream dessert) from the superb Tre Scalini, but the scores of street artists, musicians and performers ensures there isn’t a dull moment. Grand and ancient, yet brimming with life, that’s Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona is in central Rome, less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Trevi Fountain, making these two sights an ideal duet. You can take a Metro/bus combination to get there.

The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers. 

Considered one of Rome’s most accomplished displays of baroque architecture, this fine square gained its facades in the mid-17th century under Pope Innocent X, who employed artists like Bernini, Borromini and Rainaldi to transform this square into a showcase of Rome’s great artistry.

Rainaldi built the Palazzo Pamphilj, the new home of the pope, but it is now home to the Brazilian Embassy. The building that dominates the square is the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, dedicated to the young martyr who is believed to have died on this spot. Famed for its domed ceiling (covered with the sumptuous murals of Ciro Ferri and Sebastiano Corbellini) and its shrine of St. Agnes (with her skull encased in a bejeweled box), there are expert, if expensive, guided tours of the church available on a regular basis.

Walk into the center of Piazza Navona and you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), a design of Bernini’s that depicts four river gods at the base, from which sprouts the sizable Obelisk of Domitian, not dissimilar to the Egyptian monument in Piazza San Pietro. You may recognize this fountain from the hit movie Angels & Demons, based on the Dan Brown novel. At opposite ends of the Piazza are two more water features, Giacomo Della Porta’s Fontana del Moro, with its distinct rose-colored marble base, and the Fontana del Nettuno, portraying the god of the sea wrestling with an octopus. There’s perhaps no other square in the world that uses water so artistically.

Piazza Navona offers the perfect place for a quiet stop during any visit to Rome. Not only are there many cafés and restaurants, so you can reward your walk with espresso and a tartufo (an Italian ice-cream dessert) from the superb Tre Scalini, but the scores of street artists, musicians and performers ensures there isn’t a dull moment. Grand and ancient, yet brimming with life, that’s Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona is in central Rome, less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Trevi Fountain, making these two sights an ideal duet. You can take a Metro/bus combination to get there.

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Colonna Suite del Corso
Colonna Suite del Corso
Via della Colonna Antonina 41, Rome
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Great room
"The hotel is well located. The Roman bath in the bathroom is fantastic, really unique! The Finnish sauna is small but works nicely. The only problem is that the room itself is very, very small. Only the bed fits in and that's it. On a side not, we came in Covid times, so hotels tend to be empty. ..."

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Albergo Del Senato
Albergo Del Senato
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 73, Rome, RM
The price is ¥22,692 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
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UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM
The price is ¥13,704 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
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Hotel Le Clarisse al Pantheon
Hotel Le Clarisse al Pantheon
3 out of 5
Via Arco Della Ciambella 19, Rome, RM
The price is ¥6,729 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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Albergo Del Senato
Albergo Del Senato
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 73, Rome, RM
The price is ¥22,692 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM
The price is ¥13,704 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
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Colonna Suite del Corso
Colonna Suite del Corso
Via della Colonna Antonina 41, Rome
The price is ¥9,385 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
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47 Boutique Hotel
47 Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Luigi Petroselli 47, Rome, RM
The price is ¥24,962 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
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Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
4 out of 5
Via del Tritone 87-89, Rome, Rome
The price is ¥8,836 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel
Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Via del Lavatore 95, Rome, RM
The price is ¥12,912 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel
Hotel Abruzzi
Hotel Abruzzi
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 69, Rome, RM
The price is ¥10,631 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
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Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj
Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj
4 out of 5
Via di Santa Maria dell Anima, 30, Rome
The price is ¥22,010 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Eitch Borromini Palazzo Pamphilj
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