Monthly Archives: December 2007

Piazza Navona Rome

Navona Square

Piazza Navona is one of the major squares in Rome and is located in the heart of the historical centre . At its origins it was an ancient Circus during the time of the Roman Empire.
In the Circus there were important sport events like horse races and gladiators fightings .
During the renaissance the most famous artists contributed to make Navona Square even more beautiful, by making Borromini’s church and the Bernini’s Fontain of four rivers.
Legend tells that one of the statues in the Fountain raises a hand to wards the church to protect him self as if the church was to collapse.
This, because the envy and jealousy between Borromini and Bernini was very fierce during the 17 th Century.

Rome Piazza Navona Fountain

There is also another beautiful building in the square, which is today home of the Brazilian Embassy in Rome . Navona Square is very popular both with Romans and tourists, in particular during Christmas, when there are a lot of stands selling toys, candies, and Christmas souvenirs.
During the rest of the year there are plenty of painters offering to paint portraits of the visiting tourists.
From Navona Square you can easily walk to Campo dei Fiori for a night drink, which is right behind the Embassy of France in Rome or to the Rome Pantheon to see one of the oldest Monument of Rome.
How to get to Piazza Navona from your Yes Hotel Rome ?
You can simply take bus 64 or 40 from the Termini train station in Rome and get off one stop after the Largo Argentina. The journey is about 15 minutes and remember to purchase your ticket or pass before boarding.

Talking Statues

Rome Piazza Navona

Almost in every country an ancient statue is an object to be admired and preserved in a museum. But there are exceptions.

When in comes to sculptures, Rome is unbeateable. It seems that all you have to do is to dig a hole in a random spot of the city to find some archeological treasure. As i said before, the sound thing to do with an archeological treasure is to keep it in a museum, but when you have many treasures (and that’s the situation in Rome) you start to use them in odd ways. To make the most of the city , buying a Roma Pass is definetely a must.

There was a time when Pasquino had no name. It was just an sculpture without face or limbs found in the 16th century, placed in an alley near Piazza Navona. An interesting classical Tour of Rome is a suggestion for detailed information .But someday someone decided to use him to voice the people’s dissatisfaction with the church’s government of the city hanging form his neck a sheet of paper with satirical verses, The idea was terrific for its time: the church never hesitated to hang or decapitate its critics, so a spokesperson made of stone was the perfect solution for the Romans.

Piazza del Popolo Rome

Pasquino became really popular (and apparently got his name from a professor who used to write satirical verses, but nobody is really sure) and many popes tried to throw him into the tiber or put guards to vigilate him during the night, but all they got was the sudden creation of other “talking statues”.

After Pasquino the most famous talking statue of Rome was Marforio, a Roman sculpture representing the Tiber river or the Ocean that’s preserved now on the Capitoline Museums. Marforio became Pasquino’s interlocutor, and they eventually formed the Congress of the Witty, with other talking statues of less importance as Madama Lucrezia or Abate Luigi.

Fountain Piazza Navona Rome

Madama Lucrezia is a monumental bust of a roman priestess located now near Piazza Venezia. She wasn’t as outspoken as Pasquino but was also popular on its day.

When the popes weren’t allowed to rule Rome anymore, the purpose of the talking statues dissapeared and they weren’t as popular as before, but if you walk past near them while visiting Rome you’ll still be able to see letters expressing the most poisoning feelings of the romans towards the italian government.