Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
With its ornate fountains, baroque palazzi (mansions) and colourful cast of street artists, hawkers and tourists, Piazza Navona is...
Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone
This small, stately church, designed by baroque architect Francesco Borromini, hosts an annual season of chamber music concerts.
Seat of the Italian Senate since 1871, the regal Palazzo Madama was originally the 16th-century residence of Giovanni de’ Medici, the...
Excellent cocktails, vintage Parisian ambience and late-night closing (2am) ensure a cool crowd of laid-back locals at this trendy...
With a few inside tables and a mile-long menu of panini, the affectionately named ‘dirty one’ is a reliable choice for a quick fill-up....
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Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi information
Piazza Navona's grand centrepiece, Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is an ornate, showy work featuring muscular personifications of the Nile, Ganges, Danube and River Plate.
Legend has it that the figure of the Nile is shielding his eyes from the Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone, designed by Bernini's bitter rival, Borromini. The truth, more boringly, is that Bernini completed his fountain two years before his contemporary started work on the facade, and the gesture indicates that the source of the Nile was unknown at the time.