Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s most iconic squares.

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On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:
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BEST way to see Rome

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:
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Tour of a lifetime

My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!

On 2016/08/06
Bruce Auster said:
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We cannot imagine any other way to visit the Uffizi than with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Angelo was both -- funny and smart. He told stories: about the art and the artists and the Medicis and we came away understanding key concepts. We learned a lot and smiled the entire way. Thank you for a wonderful tour.

On 2016/06/16
The Caiarelli Family said:
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Excellent

Our June9,2016- Original Florence Walking Tour with guide Barbara,was wonderful. Barbara was very informative about sights and history of Florence.We really enjoyed her and the beautiful sights. We would recommend your tours to anyone visiting Florence area.Thanks again,The Caiarelli's

On 2016/06/01
Amber Weekes said:
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Everything I wanted and so much more!

I am forever grateful to the staff at Art Viva! My whole life, I had always wanted to see the Statue of David, and I made my request, and it was granted! I wanted to be there at a time that was not crowded so that I could take unobstructed photographs and drink in the Statue as long as I could. Elisabeta was amazing and incredibly informed about the Statue and Florence. She shared with me wonderful places in Florence that I never would have considered. I had my time with the Statue, and I will be forever grateful to her and to Celeste who manages Art Viva. I was so impressed with having my own tour guide that I booked a small group tour for the following day through Art Viva and went to the Uffizi. Lovely as well. I will recommend this company over and over again. I owe a debt of gratitude. I felt so well taken care of and had my dream come true. I was so moved at being able to see the Statue of David completely unobstructed that I cried for hours afterward. Thank you and cheers!

On 2016/05/31
Angelica Blanks said:
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Best way to see such an amazing city

What a wonderful way to experience the best of Florence. Ismael and Elisabetta were charming, funny, and knowledgeable guides. Thank you for allowing us to fall in love with Florence, it's truly a gem.

On 2016/05/22
Maggie said:
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We had an amazing time touring Florence and understood so much more due to the great guide we had with Artviva (Brenda). Being a local, she was passionate and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Florence. Definitely a 5/5!

On 2016/05/10
The Moores said:
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Our tour guide was excellent. He provided a great many historical details about the monuments and building and the way of life in past centuries. He made the city past come alive in a very meaningful way. We could imagine Galileo or Michelangelo walking the same streets. Our 3 hours were over too soon. The guide was from Augtralia, but truly could relate Florence history in a fun way.

On 2016/01/15
Ann Martelli said:
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My family's ArtViva tours on Dec. 22, 2015 were everything we paid for. Brenda walked us around the city center pointing out the architecture, symbols, statues and great places to eat/hang out. Her in depth description of Michelangelo's David was so interesting, even my teens/young adults listened and remembered. Fantastic! In the afternoon, Hilde was our guide through the Uffizie Galleries. She gave an art history lesson that was forever memorable. Again, the teen/20's kids were listening. We got so much out these private tours. Well worth it!

On 2015/11/24
Hope said:
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Great tour, great guide

The tour was excellent. Our guide, Adrianne, was very knowledgeable and able to answer our many questions. She also went above and beyond her duty by helping keep our three-year-old entertained during the lunch so that we could enjoy ourselves without worry.

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Lined with coffee shops, restaurants and some shops, Piazza Navona is a popular location for visitors to Rome.

Piazza Navona takes its shape from the Domitian Stadium that was originally constructed on the site in the first century AD, a kind of arena used to host ancient Roman games.

The square as we know and love it today dates back to the end of the 1400s, when it was redesigned to house a market.

It went on to also be used for theatre and other spectaculars. This including flooding the square each weekend of August from 1652-1866 as part of festivities honouring noble Pamphili family, whose house faced into the square.  

The market was moved only in the late 1800s, to the location where it remains to this day – the nearby Campo de’ Fiori. At this time, the paving of the Piazza Navona was leveled out (no more floods!).

These days, it is a must-see site for visitors to Rome and also popular with locals around Christmas time, when the square hosts a market.

Piazza Navona is most famous for its fountains, particularly the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), constructed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini to centrepiece Piazza Navona, with four figures surrounding an ancient Egyptian obelisk that had been in the Circus of Maxentius.

On each end of the square, there is another fountain. The north end of Piazza Navona features Giacomo della Porta’s Fountain of Neptune (1574). The figure of Neptune was only added nearly 3 centuries later to balance with the Fontana del Moro on the southern side.

The Fontana del Moro features four Tritons by Giacomo della Porta, completed in 1575. In 1673 however, an additional figure of a Moor wrestling a dolphin was added by Bernini.

There are also great exemplars of Baroque architecture in Piazza Navona, including the Sant'Agnese in Agone church.  Pope Innocent X was pope during the time of the restorations and his family palace, Palazzo Pamphili, faces into the piazza also.

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