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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yquem46 (38746) 2014-01-07 14:02
Amazing to see Piazza Navona both with a blue sky and covered by snow
Nice light and mild colors, good use of the bench as the fg
have a nice evening, best regards
carlo62 (34538) 2014-01-07 15:16
la neve è riuscita a bloccare anche il consueto viavai che c'è in questa meravigliosa piazza, sembra quasi deserta rispetto alla solita calca.
Belle le facciate assolate e ottima l'esposizione, la parte in ombra è ben leggibile.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-07 20:05
Une autre image exceptionnelle de la Place Navone sous la neige. Avec une belle lumière matinale qui éclaire la façade des bâtiments. Bel angle de prise de vue. Très bien fait.
emka (80936) 2014-01-07 23:54
ciao Romano, Now with this huge format we can a bit scroll and then to see various details of this magnificent Roman Square. Wonderful view in the snow. Superb shot.
WArm regrads Malgo
danos (87931) 2014-01-08 0:57
very nice the view as the presentation of this beautiful postcard from the Piazza Navona,to looks great with the snows.I like the excellent light and colour management with the falling light to enhance even more the beauty of the image.
snunney (85703) 2014-01-08 2:11
What a wonderful perspective we have here with the obelisk making an excellent focal point as we look along this fine selection of architecture. I like the light and shadow contrasts whilst that lovely clear blue sky makes the ideal backcloth. Superb technical presentation.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-08 3:39
great POV and the bench in the foreground diversifies composition. Well managed light as well as all the colors. The contrast has been given in balanced way. Great sharpness.
SimoAle (646) 2014-01-08 3:56
ho proprio tanto da imparare da te perché riesci molto bene nei tuoi lavori. Hai immortalato Piazza Navona in evento molto eccezionale, la neve cade a Roma raramente e immagino come tu sia corso a scattare per le strade.
Non trovo imperfezioni, tutto molto curato, nel taglio, nella luce. Complimenti per questa stupenda e rara cartolina romana!
jhm (140643) 2014-01-08 5:03
I think that snow in Rome not every year can see.
This is a unique image of Rome, with all these nice buildings to look at.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (62070) 2014-01-08 6:01
Une petite journée froide du mois de février sur la Piazza Navona. Beaucoup moins de monde que durant l'été, ce qui nous permet de voir cette superbe place dans son ensemble.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-08 6:21
seeing Rome like this is just magical. It takes on such a different character and atmosphere, especially with less tourists clogging the view. The light and shade give such wonderful depth to this shot which is full of immaculate detail. Stunning!
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-01-08 6:42
One always imagines Rome bustling with visitors and squares like this one heaving with people. Lovely to see it like this with the wide open space almost deserted and the details of the buildings clearly visible. Lovely light highlights the facades bringing a touch of warmth to the winter atmosphere. Warm regards rosemary
lousat (78455) 2014-01-08 8:48
Ciao Romano,una nuova foto innevata che hai fatto bene a rispolverare dal tuo ricco archivio,gran luce sulle facciate e ottimi dettagli,buona serata! Luciano
abmdsudi (44324) 2014-01-08 9:17
Another shot of this majestic city square with spectacular perspective, clarity, depth and lovely focus of interest. You are getting good DOF and clarity throughout and excellent rich colour with nice touch of white. It's a lovely warm picture excellently shot, Congrats
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-08 9:58
Excellent pov with the snow-covered bench in the foreground. Wonderful view of the magnificent architecture in your inimitable style. Nice subtle colors against the blue sky. Beautiful shot of the square in winter.
holmertz (42281) 2014-01-08 10:52
Another fine photo of Piazza Navona in the rare snow. The bench doesn't look inviting at the moment but it makes a good foreground. Judging from the strong sun the snow would probably melt away quite quickly. You handled the contrasts of sun and shade perfectly well.
ManuMay (35515) 2014-01-08 11:02
Prima di tutto voglio augurarvi un felice anno nuovo!
E 'incredibile per me vedere la Plaza sotto la neve, come è sorprendente vedere con così poche persone!
Mi piace molto l'angolo scelto per dare un'idea delle dimensioni, e di avere il cielo blu nel telaio, dando un bel contrasto di colori, ottimo lavoro!
nikkitta (14992) 2014-01-08 15:25
Alors the vandals au piazza Navona also? How good to capture him , must me a crazy poor man
Never see la Piazza covered with snow, quite unique view
Great perspective with the buildings in diagonal, creating a good contrast with the blue sky and the snow at the front, even on the bench, few turist ( quite insolite) but the caffè bar is open
Ben fatto, buona settimana
claudeD (33642) 2014-01-09 1:12
wonderful view from Rome under snow must be a rare situation. Excellent composition, light managm,ent and sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Royaldevon (30789) 2014-01-09 3:17
Ciao Caro Romano,
I haven't seen many photographs of Rome covered in snow!! I just love how the you have created the contrast of the street in snow and shadows, whilst the building rises gloriously into the sunshine.
You have good lead lines and well positioned images in your composition.
Have a lovely day,
Noel_Byrne (25308) 2014-01-09 4:04
Come il tuo ultimo post, mi piace molto l'angolo avete scelto qui, crea un'eccellente profondità che è un bel bonus quando si guarda un architettonico tiro pinsharp come questo. Mi piace che hai la chiesa splendidamente illuminata e l'obelisco collocato questo in scena, sia sotto la luce superba, mentre il primo piano rimane coperto di neve ombra. C'è qualcosa di più attraente di neve sotto un cielo blu? La tua nota aggiunge un sacco per l'immagine troppo, per aiutare a capire e apprezzare la storia qui.
Un altro ottimo post.
Silvio1953 (124687) 2014-01-09 13:40
Ciao Romano, gran bella prospettiva e magnifica luce, 'na favola Piazza Navona con la neve, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (30913) 2014-01-10 1:54
beautiful presentation of this famous square. It is showed here from a less typical angle and in an extraordinary light too. I like the snow as a decoration, the bench makes a nice foreground. Shadow covers less interesting aspect, emphasizing the architecture of the church.
macjake (57468) 2014-01-11 2:00
I thought I had already critiqued this photo, but obviously i didn't...so lets get to it now.
this is exactly what we mean when we talk about fantastic lighting! love the combination of light and shadows.
such classic and elegant/sophisticated architecture too.
fun to see some snow in the scene too, nice work.
cornejo (32752) 2014-01-11 6:21
Ciao Romano, Mi piace questa foto di questa bella e interessante vista della piazza, ben catturata in questa immagine interessante. Buona struttura, buona nitidezza, profondità, luce e colore. Molto buono e bello il lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio, grazie per la condivisione.
Buon pomeriggio e felice Domenica.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
omid266 (5632) 2014-01-12 7:28
این عکس دیدنی از شهر تاریخی و توریستی رم
ممنون بابت سهیم شدن
Cricri (108087) 2014-01-12 7:45
Un autre tout bon POV de la place, intéressante architectures dans la lumière, le contraste des couleurs et le sol couvert d'une couverture blanche, belle présentation
Island (610) 2014-01-15 15:22
dai colori, si indovina che questa non è la nevicata del 56, "Roma era tutta candida, tutta pulita e lucida...l'hai mai più vista così?" ... Sembra di sì... In questa foto i colori sono bellissimi, il contrasto tra essi pure. La nitidezza è perfetta, si distingue ogni singolo dettaglio. Con quest'angolo di vista che mostra l'insieme della piazza si percepisce un senso di calma, di pace lontano dai giorni di folla.
Bellissimo lavoro! Bravissimo tu!
Buon anno Romano, da noi si dice Pace è salute :)
ikeharel (58929) 2014-02-01 1:20
Morning light enhanced the beautiful facades and the palace, also you managed a good contrast with the Obelisk and the statues-fontana with the white karpet of snow.
Fine clear shot, DOF well collected.