The city square was a central meeting place in ancient cities. Even in a more recent histories they have maintained that social aspect – a place for citizens to eat, drink, sing, dance, discuss and formulate ideas. In 15th century Rome, over its first stadium, Piazza Navona was built. Later, during his papacy, Pope Innocent X shaped it into a tribute for his family, who’s palace faced the piazza. Restoration of both his family palace and the Sant’Agnese in Agone church along with the commissioning of Bernini’s famous Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) boasted the baroque style of the time.  Additional fountains at either end of the piazza add to its architectural beauty. 

Piazza Navona

Today this stunning plaza remains a (pedestrian) gathering place filled with restaurants, cafes, artists and a place to share memories with family and friends 

Photo credit: FlickrO Snail

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