Rome - Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is a city square in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there to watch the agones ("games"), and hence it was known as "Circus Agonalis" ("competition arena"). It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona.
Defined as a public space in the last years of 15th century, when the city market was transferred to it from the Campidoglio, the Piazza Navona was transformed into a highly significant example of Baroque Roman architecture and art during the pontificate of Innocent X, who reigned in from 1644 until 1655 and whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced the piazza. It features important sculptural and architectural creations: in the center stands the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought here in pieces from the Circus of Maxentius; the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini, Girolamo Rainaldi, Carlo Rainaldi and others; and the aforementioned Pamphili palace, also by Girolamo Rainaldi, that accommodates the long gallery designed by Borromini and frescoed by Pietro da Cortona.
Piazza Navona has two additional fountains: at the southern end is the Fontana del Moro with a basin and four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta (1575) to which, in 1673, Bernini added a statue of a Moor, or African, wrestling with a dolphin, and at the northern end is the Fountain of Neptune (1574) created by Giacomo della Porta. The statue of Neptune in the northern fountain, the work of Antonio Della Bitta, was added in 1878 to make that fountain more symmetrical with La Fontana del Moro in the south.
At the southwest end of the piazza is the ancient 'speaking' statue of Pasquino. Erected in 1501, Romans could leave lampoons or derogatory social commentary attached to the statue.
During its history, the piazza has hosted theatrical events and other ephemeral activities. From 1652 until 1866, when the festival was suppressed, it was flooded on every Saturday and Sunday in August in elaborate celebrations of the Pamphilj family. The pavement level was raised in the 19th century and the market was moved again in 1869 to the nearby Campo de' Fiori. A Christmas market is held in the piazza.
• Stabilimenti Spagnoli
• Palazzo de Cupis
• Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti
• Church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore
• Palazzo Braschi (Museo di Roma)
• Sant'Agnese in Agone
Literature and films
• The piazza is featured in Dan Brown's 2000 thriller Angels and Demons, in which the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (the "Fountain of the Four Rivers", i.e. the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile, and the Rio de la Plata) is listed as one of the Altars of Science. During June 2008, Ron Howard directed several scenes of the film adaptation of Angels and Demons on the southern section of the Piazza Navona, featuring Tom Hanks.
• The piazza is featured in several scenes of director Mike Nichols' 1970 adaptation of Joseph Heller's novel, Catch-22.
• The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi was used in the 1990 film Coins in the Fountain. The characters threw coins into the fountain as they made wishes. The Trevi Fountain was used in the 1954 version of the film.
• In the 1964 Italian comedy film Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow ("ieri, oggi, domani") Sophia Loren's character Mara lives in a second-floor apartment overlooking Piazza Navona in Rome.
In the early hours of 3 September 2011, the Fontana del Moro was damaged by a vandal. Police later found the man, who had been captured on security cameras climbing in the fountain, wielding a large rock and decapitating some of the larger and smaller figures, after they recognised him by his sneakers.
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npecanhuk (78903) 2013-12-30 7:13
One of the most beautiful "Piazze" in Rome!
A very interesting and attractive winter picture of it!
Sharpness, management of difficult light, colors, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!!
TFS - congrats!
A Happy and Prosperous 2014!
snunney (107443) 2013-12-30 7:14
A sight one does not expect to see very often, Rome under a covering of snow. The composition is most effective, the beautiful buildings either side of the square guide our eyes inexorably toward the focal point offered by the obelisk. I like very much the atmosphere engendered by the light and shadow contrasts, also the excellent architectural detail to be observed, especially in the fountain and the grand building on the left. Technical presentation is beyond reproach.
ikeharel (79149) 2013-12-30 7:24
Buona sera Romano,
Even in the snow, this famous Piazza is surround with tourists, not many but they are prewsent there.
Nice depth along till the obelisk, and fine outlines on picture of the many art & archi.-elements. Light and shadowed area well applied.
Buon fin di 2013, Buon anno nuovo.
rbassin (24343) 2013-12-30 7:27
une très belle Piazza de Rome, bel ensoleillement.
La façade au fond crée une agréable touche de couleur.
et bonne année 2014
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-30 7:30
all i wanna say is
dta (82938) 2013-12-30 7:56
Ciao Romano ,
Très belle vue de cette superbe place , avec la fontaine , l'obélisque , et la façade orangée qui apporte une jolie touche de couleurs vive . Les restes de neige ajoutent de l'intérêt . Excellent équilibre des lumières .
kabel (1930) 2013-12-30 8:11
Hello, very nice light management considering the foreground is in shadow. Well chosen point of view showing the piazza at its' best. I found your notes to be quite interesting and informative. I have been to Rome several times but not when it was snowing.
Happy New Year,
yquem46 (38752) 2013-12-30 8:38
unusual view of Piazza Navona covered with snow
Excellent blend with with the blue sky
have a nice evening, my best wishes for 2014
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-30 8:51
Excellent photo of Rome with snow!! I had no idea that it snows in Rome so learnt something new here today. Nice composition and shot taken from well chosen POV. The buildings contrast well with the azure sky. Great architecture all over the frame. Thanks for sharing.
sabermonajati (11435) 2013-12-30 8:51
wonderful snowy place with amazing old buildings around it.
happy new year
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-12-30 9:01
incredible winter photo from your Rome. Hard to tell if that was morning, but I think it is possible judging from this beautiful light. Very good POV and therefore nice perspective and successful composition.
Thanks for sharing
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-30 9:48
it´s so unique for me to see Rome in winter scenery.But I have to admit,it looks so captivating and beautiful!
Superb shot from my favourite square in Rome.The play of light&shade as well as the vivid colors make your composition memorable!Well done!
Wish You a Happy New Year!
carlo62 (55684) 2013-12-30 9:53
una piazza Navona molto diversa e originale, comunque ben illuminata e con un bel cielo.
Belli i palazzi colorati sullo sfondo.
rychem (43302) 2013-12-30 9:58
Snow in Rome is not a common phenomenon, beautiful winter photo, nice light and composition
Prosperous and healthy New Year 2014 to you and your family !
cornejo (47250) 2013-12-30 10:19
Romano Ciao, bella vista di questo bellissimo spazio pubblico, piacevolmente catturato da una grande pov in questa grande e bella fotografia. Una bella immagine di un luogo incantevole in città, con una buona nitidezza, profondità e qualità. Un grande lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buona sera e felice inizio di settimana.
Felice e prospero Anno Nuovo.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
Silvio1953 (154043) 2013-12-30 10:23
Ciao Romano, favolosa la mia piazza preferita imbiancata dalla neve, magnifica luce, splendida prospettiva e bei colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
holmertz (59748) 2013-12-30 11:43
A classical and beautiful view from Rome. I have been to this place in February but I didn't see any snow. It makes Piazza Navona look very strange and unfamiliar. You did a good job with the PP to retrieve light and details from the shady areas although there are now quite visible halos along the rooftops.
Kind regards and a Happy new year,
williewhistler (16496) 2013-12-30 12:05
with one side of the Piazza in sun and the other in shade there is a nice balance to this well composed photograph.
The impressive architectural features are nicely sharp and very clear.
Best wishes Les.
ourania (51103) 2013-12-30 14:11
un' immagine meravigliosa, mi piace tantissimo l' atmosfera particolare che hai catturato, dolce ed amara, calda e fredda allo stesso tempo. La vista e' profonda e chiarissima. Prospettive, spazio, luce e colori sono equilibrati in modo ammirevole. Il pavimento ghiacciato ha offerto un elemento insolito che introduce alla vista classica un' aspetto unico. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti ed i miei mugliori auguri a te ed ai tuoi cari per un anno pieno di soddisfazioni!
emka (107713) 2013-12-30 15:08
Ciao caro Romano,
we are neighbours today. Splendid shot of Piazza Navona, my favorite square in Rome. with this snow it looks unique and marvelous. And what a splendid composition and light management. striking colour of the house behind the obelisk. usually the square is full of people but here it is quite empty. great sharpness and depth.
I wish you happy New Year, may it brings you health and joy.
Warm regrads Malgo
lousat (98279) 2013-12-30 15:12
Ciao Romano,se non fosse per la neve estesa ovunque,questa foto si sarebbe potuta intitolare estate-inverno....ehehe..lo scontro tra i due differenti livelli di luce e' sensazionale,un grosso rischio che hai corso e risolto nel miglior modo,qui l'esposizione è stata decisiva,il resto te lo ha offerto la tua stupenda citta' ed il meteo.....buon 31 Dicembre e auguri,Luciano
Corry (4508) 2013-12-30 21:20
Toute comme pour votre dernière publication, c'est une scène inhabituelle de voir la Place Navone enneigée. J'aime beaucoup cette belle lumière sur les fontaines et les bâtiments. Très bien fait. BONNE ANNÉE 2014.
HimalAnda (10671) 2013-12-30 23:07
Congratulations for this nice picture of this beautiful square. The composition is good, the colors are nice.
Happy new year 2014.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-31 3:26
this is magic! It looks so beautiful with a dusting of snow and such amazing winter light. Your execution, composition and light management here are just perfect. A stunning image.
All the very, very best for 2014 - B.
SimoAle (646) 2013-12-31 4:08
Grazie della bella cartolina dalla capitale!!
Buon fine 2013 e auguri per uno splendido 2014!
abmdsudi (58220) 2013-12-31 7:20
There's so much detail in this famous sight with great dof and you have managed the exposure so masterly between brightest and shadow areas which I feel is a plus point here. What an array of colors depicted and I am impressed by the clarity that the whole architecture is superbly stands out. You have really captured the details in this and without doubt amazing, pin sharp bringing out this impressive spot within the framework. Beautiful processing, the touch of vivid colour is a real bonus with the snow flakes and blue sky to finish to this shot. Wonderful shot, Congrats, TFS
Happy New Year.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-31 7:25
Dear Romano - My very best wishes for 2014, may the sun shine for you just as you show in this winter shot from Rome. How lovely the piazza looks in this light; bright, clear colours with the obelisk and terracotta coloured building drawing the eye through the scene. With warmest regards Rosemary
dkmurphys (65116) 2013-12-31 7:27
Beautiful capture from that superb square. Love it!
Have a great party for the new year! Cheers!
Cricri (126690) 2013-12-31 9:25
Très jolie vue de la place avec cette splendide fontaine et l'architectures qui l'entoure, mi ombre et lumière, sur un sol poudrer de neige , belle présentation
Bonne année 2014 a vous ami
Waylim (25436) 2013-12-31 12:43
A beautiful photo of Rome in the winter with snow cover foreground, very different that most that we have seen. Love the blue sky and beautiful light. Excellent photo with lovely details, the large version is really impressive. Thank you.
Happy New Year.
claudeD (41862) 2014-01-01 6:35
You are right . Piazza Navona is an amazing location. I have visited several times during my two last visits of Rome.The piazza with snow must be a unique case ....Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
All my best wishes for 2014!!!
Mics (982) 2014-01-02 1:51
Colpo eccellente, cartolina di Piazza Navona! Bella, anzi :-)
jemaflor (103617) 2014-01-02 11:37
So beautiful photo, light and contrast with shadows are well managed, great architecture, tfs and Bonne Année 2014 !
josepmarin (58359) 2014-01-03 5:50
me gusta esta bonita escena invernal en la Piazza Navona, con el ambiente frío de la nieve, pero también con una bella luz del sol.
Buen encuadre para captar la gran belleza de la arquitectura de la plaza y de las fuentes, en una composición muy bien estructurada.
Tengo pendiente viajar a Roma para disfrutar toda su belleza.
fotka (4871) 2014-01-03 6:06
I don't think so we can see very often snow in Rome. So it was great opportunity for this wonderful shot.
I like how you composed this picture with long perspective, historical buildings on both side and fountain in the foreground. Well done, good quality photo.
Have a great New Year!
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-01-03 23:55
bel p.o.v. e luce, la neve e la poca gente intorno rendono ancora piu' interessante questo scatto.
mkamionka (40089) 2014-01-05 12:54
it is so surprising to see this famous square covered with snow. This must be not a very common sight. The winter light in the city is always difficult making strong shades but also providing pleasant warm colors. Beautiful presentation here, this is one of my favourite places in Rome.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-01-06 12:28
Splendida la Piazza Navona sotto la neve! Ottimo il punto di visto con grande prospettiva. Fantastica la luce sulle facciate colorate un bel contrasto di colori anche. Mi piace molto questa foto soppratutto la Piazza Navona!
Un caro saluto amico mio.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-08 12:21
Belli colori nella piazza, mi piace molto la facciata rossa al fondo e il blu intenso del cielo. La neve da un'atmosfera speciale.
Angshu (56760) 2014-01-08 20:43
Thewonderful Plaza in winter...seems deserted and idle and the early morning light is delicious. Loved the setting with the idle fountains and the obelisk in the BG attracting good focus. Fine work!
omid266 (6750) 2014-01-14 7:20
*** Salam , Ciao Romano ***
Very nice , well done friend !
It is an excellent foto from Piazza Navona ,
Nice captured with nice and good work you did with it ,
All is OK ,
Thank you for sharing ,
Keep sharing with us ,
Dio Sia Con Te ! ****
Omid - I.R.IR
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-18 2:06
Fantastic winter scene of this square in Rome.
Love the light with the sun streaming in from the right, super colours and architecture .Well managed and presented.