Thursday, September 6, 2012

AlphabeThursday - P is for Piazza Navona

Fontana del Moro
There are more fountains in Rome than any other city in the world.  You can see three, just in the Piazza Navora. We went for a stroll there around dinnertime on our first day in Italy - it was just a few blocks from our hotel, in a residential section of the city.  Located at the southern end of the plaza, the Fontana del Moro represents a Moor (African) standing in a conch shell, wrestling a dolphin, with four "Tritons" sounding horns.  The fountain was originally designed by Giacomo Della Porta in 1575, and the statue of the Moor, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, was added in the center in 1653.

a sea nymph in the Fountain of Neptune

On the northern end of the Piazza is the Fountain of Neptune.  The basin of the fountain was designed in 1574 by the same artist who designed the Moor fountain on the other side of the plaza. It was finished out in 1878 by Antonio della Britta, with Neptune fighting an octopus in the center, and by Gregoria Zappala, who created the other sculptures on the fountain, including nereids (sea nymphs) and walruses.    

photo by **Mary**, taken in 2006.  See more of her photographs here
The Piazza Navona used to be a racetrack built by the emperor Domitian around A.D. 80.  Rick Steves remarks, "Since ancient times, the square has been a center of Roman life.  In the 1800s, the city would flood the square to cool off the neighborhood."   It is now a city square that holds many festivals and theater events, and is considered a family spot.  When we were there, street vendors with artwork were throughout the middle of the plaza and there were lots of people walking around the fountains.




Hope you enjoyed another AlphabeThursday tour through Italy.  You can visit other blogs and see what Letter P word they chose, at the link party on Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent...

15 comments:

Heather said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your Italy photos!!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This looks like a cool place to visit! All the beautiful fountains and the street vendors would be fun to see!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Beautiful! It's amazing that the fountains and other sculptures have lasted as long as they have -- to our benefit to be able to view such fabulous pieces of history!

BeadedTail said...

What a gorgeous place with so much history! I can't imagine seeing it in person but I sure hope to one day!

anitamombanita said...

I've been to Italy numerous times and have yet to go to Rome. Some people would think that strange, but it's just what it is. Loved your post. Missed seeing your journal pages; they are the best!!

Karen S. said...

Oh, this is, just wonderful! You have captured the spice of life! Nicely done, and if you want to go to the birds...Ha! Ha! check out mine too! :)

Sue said...

Thanks for the little mini-tour. We have never been to Italy, but it's on our list!

=)

Rose said...

Just gorgeous! I love how much detail you captured.

Kathleen said...

What fun! I never thought about art shows in other countries before. Great photos!

Catherine OurVillageIs said...

Oh - so beautiful. I love Italy.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Wow , you are just a fountain of info♫♪ Luv the photos!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous! That was one of my favorite things about the city too- that there are so many city centers to hang out in and just be;)

Jim said...

Thank you for sharing, Deb. I enjoyed your pictures and narrative a lot as it brought back memories. We were there in '92.

I also enjoyed eating pizza at a little back street, outside cafe. I asked for pepperoni but got one with four types of peppers laid out a quarter pie of each. Then there was an egg cooked on top at the middle.
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Splendid Little Stars said...

quite fascinating that the sculptures in the fountains were created at different times by various artists.

Jenny said...

One of my favorite things in Mexico City was visiting all the fountains!

And these seem even more gorgeous!

I love the play of water against stone.

Thanks for sharing this perfect post.

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