Rome’s Spectacular Piazzas with Amazing Churches and Sumptuous Fountains

English: Piazza Navona, Rome Français : La pla...

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Rome‘s Spectacular Piazzas and quintessential squares are brimming with interesting historical and architectural landmarks. My favorite destinations in Rome involve Piazzas, Churches and Fountains.

Here’ are a few of my absolute favorite Vino con Vista Piazzas in Rome with sumptuous fountains and amazing churches:

1. Piazza Navona and Saint Agnes in Agony. Sant’Agnese in Agone is a 17th century Baroque church in Rome.

Roma, Sant'Agnese in Agone a Piazza Navona

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St Agnes of Rome

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The church faces Piazza Navona‘s Fountain of the Four Rivers. This is where Saint Agnes was martyred in the ancient Stadium of Domitian during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian on January 21, 304.

Santa Maria del Popolo a Roma.

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English: Look at Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Ital...

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2. Piazza del Popolo and Santa Maria del Popolo:

English: Photo of the Cybo Chapel of Santa Mar...

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Fontana del Nettuno or Neptune's Fountain, in ...

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Santa Maria del Popolo is an Augustinian church located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a prominent position in the Piazza del Popolo.

piazza del popolo

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The church includes works by famous artists, architects and sculptors including: Raphael, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Pinturicchio, Andrea Bregno, Guillaume de Marcillat and Donato Bramante. This square also houses twin churches across from Santa Maria del Popolo.

3. The Spanish Steps and Trinita dei Monte and Colonna del Immacolata:

The church of  Trinità dei Monti is famous its commanding position above the Spanish Steps which lead down to the Piazza di Spagna.

English: The Spanish Steps, Fontana della Barc...

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The church and its surrounding area belong to the  French State. In 1789, Pope Pius VI erected the obelisk (Obelisco Sallustiano) in front of the church. To see all the obelisks of Rome click here. The Scalinata has 138 steps and is the widest staircase in Europe. The Boat Fountain at the base of the stairs was designed by Pietro Bernini, the father of Gianlorenzo Bernini.

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4. Piazza della Republica and Fontana delle Naiadi:

The fabulous fountain in this square was originally the fountain of the Acqua Pia and was commissioned by Pope Pius IX in 1870. I love the graceful sculptures of Naiads by Mario Rutelli from Palermo. The naiads represented are the “Nymph of the Lakes (holding the swan), the Nymph of the Rivers (stretched out on a monster of the rivers), the Nymph of the Oceans (riding a horse that symbolizes the sea), and the Nymph of the Underground Waters (leaning over a mysterious dragon).”

Santa Maria degli Angeli, Roma - Sign and COA.

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Italiano: Piazza della Repubblica

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Piazza della Republica is located at the summit of the Viminal Hill next to the Termini station. Visit the church of  Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. It is directly in front of the fountain.

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5.  Piazza Barberini is located on Quirinal Hill. At the centere of the piazza is the  Bernini‘s Fontana del Tritone or Triton Fountain. You can also find Bernini’s Fontana delle Api at this location. A short walk from the square on Via Venato will bring you to the lovely church of Santa Maria della Concezione where the bones of 4000 friars adorn the ossuary of the church. The cemetary is located directly below the chapels on the right side of the church. Two of the chapels have soil from the Holy Land. A sign in the final alcove reads: “You are what we once were; you will be what we are now.”

This church was founded by Cardinal Antonio Barberini and his tomb is in this church. The church is commonly refered to as The Church of the Capuchin Friars.

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English: Tomb of Saint Felix of Cantalice, in ...

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English: Fontana delle Api by Giovanni Lorenzo...

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Walk up the hill and visit the  the Palazzo Barberini. This Baroque palace is brimming with magnificent art! It is located at Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica, at Palazzo Barberini, Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13.

Check out Caravaggio’s magnificent painting of Narcissus. This rendition of the Greek mythological figure is damned for not returning the love of the nymph Echo.

He sees his own reflection in a pool of water. He is so captivated by his own reflection that he falls in love with himself and drowns in the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Buon Viaggio–

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