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.


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


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
The Amalfi Coast
Mountains and Sea
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More Rovito

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