Navona area

Palazzo Pamphilj

Palazzo Pamphilj is one of the most important buildings on Piazza Navona, overlooking the Moor Fountain by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Built between 1644 and 1650 by the architect Girolamo Rainaldi, it was the family palace of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Pamphilj, made Pope in the 1644 with the name of Innocenzo X Pamphilj. Both the building […]

Palazzo Braschi

Palazzo Braschi, seat of the civic museum of Rome (Museo di Roma) since 1952, boasts an enviable location in the very centre of Rome between Piazza Navona, Piazza di Pasquini, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the popular Campo de’ Fiori. During the 16th century, this area was occupied by another palace built by Giuliano da Sangallo […]

Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps, located in Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, in front of Piazza Navona, is a beautiful building founded during the 15th century by Girolamo Riario and Caterina Sforza, and lately rebuilt by Martino Longhi il Vecchio for a Deutch cardinal, Marco Sittico Altemps. Seat of ancient collection since the 16th century, in the 1982 it was […]

Christmas Market in Piazza Navona

Christmas time in Rome is synonym of Piazza Navona, the beautiful Baroque square housing every year from the 1st December to the Epiphany a characteristic Christmas market. The elongated square, mindful of the shape of the ancient Domitian Stadium, fills up of many different stalls selling any kind of toys, overly sweets and, above all, […]

Moor Fountain

The Moor Fountain is located in the southern area of Piazza Navona, in front of the Pamphilj family’s palace. It takes its name from the central sculpture representing an Ethiopian fighting with a dolphin, realised in 1654 by Gian Antonio Mari on a project by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The fountain was originally projected in 1576 […]

Fountain of the Four Rivers

Piazza Navona is one of the most popular and dynamic area in Rome. The huge square, characterised by the elongated-shape deriving from the pre-existing Domitian Stadium, is famous for its three monumental fountains. The central one is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), a masterpiece realised by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between […]


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