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Piazza Navona is a favorite plaza for both Romans and tourists alike to stroll and visit with artists displaying their work in the piazza and restaurants lining the streets.


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There are three fountains located in the Piazza Navona, which is a large rectangular plaza, with the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of Four Rivers designed and sculpted in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (b.1598-d.1680), in the central location of this piazza.


The continent of Africa is represented by the river god of the Nile River, whose head is draped with a loose piece of cloth; the loose cloth representing the fact that in the 1600s Europeans did not know exactly where the source of the Nile River was located.


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The Ganges River god represents the continent of Asia and carries a long oar, representing the navigability of the Ganges River.


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The god of the Danube River represents the continent of Europe and he touches the Pope's personal coat of arms, since the Danube River is the river closest to Rome.


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The Pantheon
Hadrian's Monuments
Four Rivers Fountain, Pg. 1
The Lateran Basilica, Pg. 1
The Lateran Basilica, Pg. 2
Largo di Torre Argentina
Pompeii
The Amalfi Coast
Mountains and Sea
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