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Piazza Navona

The Piazza Navone is one of the most popular and arguably the most wonderful of Rome's many squares. The large and lively square features no less than three magnificent fountains. Another eyecatcher is the baroque church of Sant'Agnese in Agone.

The Piazza Navona is located in the ancient center of Rome, west of the Pantheon. It is one of Rome's liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and night clubs in the neighborhood.

The Piazza Navona, or "Circo Agonale", is situated on the spot where once stood the stadium of Domitian, which held up to 30.000 spectators. Here are three amazing fountains. The one in the centre is the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini. The church of S. Agnese in Agone, is built on the spot where, according to tradition, the virgin Agnese, denuded before her martyrdom, was mantled in her hair, which had grown miraculously to cover her. It is a magnificent Baroque building designed by G. Rainaldi and Borromini. Beneath it are some remains of the original church and of the Circus of Domitian.

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