From the shadows of the ancient, winding streets of the historic center of Rome you suddenly come upon the breathtaking magnificence of Piazza Navona (Navona Square), born as a place of spectacle and still today a spectacular open air show; an architectural miracle in the heart of the Eternal City, filled with masterpieces in perfect harmony with each other.
This piazza, which displays the genius of Bernini and Borromini, is one of the finest Baroque Masterpiece in papal Rome. Its harmony and colours, combined with its elegance, give it a charm that is enhanced by the surprising contrast of architecturally sober houses alternating with a number of monumental buildings.
Of all Rome’s piazzas, this pedestrian precinct is one where the liveliness of Roman life is most tangible. It has long been a meeting place for the inhabitants of Rome. In past, in addition to the market, processions and spectacles were held here – included “naumachiae”, or mock naval battles.
Today the life in the piazza revolves around the open-air-cafés and the seasonal fairs. During the summer the piazza provides a continuous festival of painters, caricaturists, fortune-teller and buskers, who entertain visitors until late.