Piazza Navona

Landmark / Square
Piazza Navona During the day and early evening, Piazza Navona is a virtual circus of sightseers, vendors, artists, and street performers that attracts a touristy, family-oriented crowd – but it's always worth a stroll through to check out... Rome Italy 41.8988329 12.4731065
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Party Earth Review During the day and early evening, Piazza Navona is a virtual circus of sightseers, vendors, artists, and street performers that attracts a touristy, family-oriented crowd – but it’s always worth a stroll through to check... ... read full review

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    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Piazza Navona Review

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During the day and early evening, Piazza Navona is a virtual circus of sightseers, vendors, artists, and street performers that attracts a touristy, family-oriented crowd – but it's always worth a stroll through to check out...

During the day and early evening, Piazza Navona is a virtual circus of sightseers, vendors, artists, and street performers that attracts a touristy, family-oriented crowd – but it’s always worth a stroll through to check out the performances and browse the makeshift galleries set up by local artists.

The long oval piazza is flanked by fountains on either end and is almost entirely surrounded by historic buildings like the lovely Church of St. Agnes in Agony. The centerpiece of the piazza, however, is Bernini’s Baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers, an impressive monument that also serves as a central meeting point.

Though the beauty and history of the square is best admired by day, Piazza Navona is equally attractive as a backdrop for a sunset stroll, for relaxing with a glass of wine at one of the rather overpriced cafés, or for watching the parade of exuberant partygoers as they make their way to the vibrant nightlife neighborhoods nearby.

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Tip from Emma:

This square is particularly good for strolling and relaxing in the early evening. For prime outdoor seating with a great view of the whole piazza, settle in at Caffè Bernini (Piazza Navona, 44) at the end of the square for a glass of wine and some people-watching.

  • Crowd

    Travelers and families by day, barhoppers passing through by night.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Street performers day and night including mimes, musicians, and puppeteers. Occasional political protests and rallies. Christmas markets in December.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    The cafés may be upscale but they lack distinct personalities. All serve typical Italian fare and have generous outdoor seating overlooking the square.

  • Prices

    Pasta €10–€12, entrées €12–€20. Beer €6+, wine €7+, coffee €4–€8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early evenings as the sun sets for the most social action and buzzing scene.

Piazza Navona User Reviews

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Music, Art, Gelato!
Caitlin D. Sep 24, 2013
Roma (Rome) is a city of charm and romantic thoughts. This romantic city has a way of transforming how its guests feel about music, art, and food. Among one of the many gems of Rome is Piazza Navona. This beautiful Piazza will make visitors feel as though they have stepped onto a movie set, because of how unrealistically beautiful this area is. With a wide range of options this Piazza is great for families or couples looking for a romantic getaway. There are a significant amount of quaint restaurants that can satisfy even the most pickiest eaters. The atmosphere is lively due to the live music and calming sound of the Fountain of Four Rivers. This calming atmosphere creates a nice vibe when shopping at one of the many art venders that are set up in the middle of the square, just make sure you bring cash! Before leaving don't forget to stop in one of the many Gelato shops for some of the best gelation in Rome. If traveling with young adults this Piazza at night turns into a lively setting of 20 something year olds. There are also a large amount of bars around that are fun to check out and the music is always flowing. From a intimate date to a family outing, and even to a night hotspot Piazza Novana has many great treasures to offer. Enjoy!!!
Vibrant spot with great restuarants
Hannah F. May 22, 2013
Piazza Navona is a vibrant place that really showcases the spirit of Rome. You can enjoy a delicious meal at any of the numerous restaurants that line the piazza, sit for a cappuccino and people watch or simply stroll through on a walk. It is always full of vendors and you can stop to buy a painting of Rome or even have your portrait sketched on the spot. Stop and admire Bernini's Four RIvers fountain in the middle of the piazza and listen for the street performers' music. There are also several gelato places within the piazza, including Gromm. My favorite time to visit is at night when some of the tourists have gone home. It's fun to sit and imagine what this same spot might have looked like during the Roman Empire when it was a chariot arena. The piazza is a great mix of history and culture along with modern charm. Definitely worth a visit.
The Perfect Spot for Dinner and People-Watching
Danielle D. May 8, 2013
Although our three-day stay in Rome was far too short, I am so grateful that my husband and I made time to enjoy Piazza Navona. If you're in Roma, here's an evening stroll I highly recommend taking: start at Fontana di Trevi, then head west through the side streets until you arrive at the Pantheon. Stop to admire and appreciate the grandness of its architecture and its giant columns, and continue your walk west through more small streets until you end at Piazza Navona. Piazza Navona is the perfect finale to a late night walk; by then, most of the daytime tourists are gone and you'll have a chance to sit down, eat dinner, and enjoy the street performers' music. There's nothing like savoring fried artichoke to the sounds of the accordion! At night, it's mostly a twentysomething crowd since the bars are open, and it was great experiencing Roma's social scene. Daily life in another country always seems so much more romantic, and I wish my home city of Los Angeles had the same old-world-charm-meets-modern-day-life feel that Europeans enjoy. Once you've finished your dinner, grab some gelato, walk around Bernini's Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and get some good close-up looks of the sculptures. Finally, don't forget to take a moment to enjoy the scenery!
very nice piazza
Fabrizio D. Dec 12, 2012
Piazza Navona is very beautiful piazza, very big because chariot racing is here in antique Roman times. There also has very beautiful fountains by famous scultor Bernini. Now is much artists doing the selling his paintings. The artists are good and working hard and the painting is a fantastic souvenir for Roma, a city of art. There is also the fantastic aperitivo close here and the centro storico. Fluid is my prefered aperitivo place by Piazza Navona, is very nice food and cocktail and is not too expensive. Is very nice piazza to visit in Roma.
Charming for an ex-chariot arena
Tara R. Dec 8, 2012
Knowing the Romans ran chariots around this field is just part of the charm. Now no one’s racing except to get closest to the fountains, which are pretty damn amazing, considering they were sculpted by Bernini et al. The church on the Piazza is beautiful—I ended up in it for two hours after being caught in a Noah’s-Ark-style thunderstorm—and the restaurants, though very touristy, have lovely views of the artists and street vendors around the square. Around Christmastime Piazza Navona becomes the best market in town, with Panettone and roasted chestnuts that highlight every Italian Christmas.
Piazza Navona
Charlotte A. Dec 1, 2012
You have to check out Piazza Navona if you're in Rome. It's particularly enjoyable at night time if you walk around and enjoy the attractions. There are so many talented artists selling their work and musicians creating a wonderful atmosphere. Grab a gelato after dinner and walk around to enjoy Rome.
Great place
Rachel S. Nov 30, 2012
I loved coming to piazza navona. This one was of the spots where i was told to meet up with a local friend. it is definitely the place to be if you are young and looking for a fun group of people to hang out with. There are many bars in the area and the crowd is awesome. Earlier in the night it is filled with families and couples. As it gets later in the night the families start to go back to their hotels and the younger kids fill the piazza. It is a great time here and i recommend any person that visits Rome to come to Piazza Navona.
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