Noisy and vibrant, Piazza Navona is the hub of artistic and commercial activity in this part of the city. Known for its Baroque architecture, alfresco restaurants, ornate fountains, and street artists, the square attracts visitors from around the world. The centerpiece is an elaborate fountain--representing the rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Plate-- created by Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. A massive, ancient obelisk tops the fountain. Artists Giacomo della Porta and Antonio della Bitta sculpted the two smaller fountains here. The plaza was built in the first century on the site of a former arena where ancient Romans came to watch various competitions. Use our Rome trip maker to add Piazza Navona and other attractions to your Rome vacation plans.
Piazza Navona reviews
walking through ancient and medieval Rom we always passed over Piazza Navona either in the morning or in the afternoon from or on our way to our hotel. either early dinner, or morning coffee - it was.... more »
My fiancee and I stopped here for a bit of lunch. A lovely and big old square with a fountain on either end. more »
A great place to sit and listen to genuine music played and watch some artists “really” practice their crafts. Sitting on a bench for an hour or two is not unusual. Beware of the vendors.... but more so the ones that want to engage you with placing a trinket in your hand. Don’t let this happen..... not answer their mundane questions..... like... What time is it? I like your shoes.... Where are you from? These are ploys to check your language and then buy something you don’t want... and be prepared for the story of extraordinary proportions...... With these tips known. Your joy of this Piazza will be much better.
Always a amazing piazza to visit and have a short rest from all the walking in the core of Rome. The famous Bernini fountains are found here and usually hordes of tourists. Skip the restaurants/cafes here as they are geared for tourists with prices to match. Make sure to come at night too as the atmosphere is lovely. Always look up and if the church is open you must visit as the interior is extraordinary. Enjoy!
Plan your trip to Rome
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Rome
Side trips from Rome
Historic Sites in Rome
Hidden gems in Rome
Museums in Rome
Nearby attractions in Rome
Trips to Piazza Navona by other users
19 days in Europe BY A USER FROM EL SALVADOR London · Paris · Avignon 30 days in Italy BY A USER FROM IRELAND Verona · Venice · Naples 28 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES London · Paris · Barcelona 22 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Venice · Castelnuovo del Garda · Varenna 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA Barcelona · Paris · Amsterdam 10 days in Italy BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA Padua · Bologna · Florence