Tuesday, June 30, 2009

4 Rivers, a Great Piazza, and Chariot Races

Rome is a lot of things.  It is a city of Fountains.  It is a city of Popes.  It is a city of Emperors.  You can't go to Rome and not visit, in fact, visit often, one of the coolest piazzas in Italy...Piazza Navona.  It was once a chariot racing arena built by the Emperor Domitian.  Bernini built the amazing fountain of Four Rivers in the center.  His sworn enemy built the church and the pope's palace on it.  And today lots of artists, vendors, restaurants, and tourist pack it.

Just off the piazza you can enjoy Rome's most famous outdoor market, paintings by Caravaggio, the Pantheon, and lots lots more.

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