Piazza Navona, situated just a 2-minute walk from the Hotel Navona Colors, is the most grandiose example of Baroque art in Rome and one of the most celebrated squares in Italy.

The origins of the piazza date back to Ancient Rome. What is today Piazza Navona was once the Stadium of Domitian, built at the behest of the Emperor in 85 A.D. An imposing arena that could accommodate 30,000 spectators, today nothing remains except for a statue of Pasquino that can now be found in the namesake square near Piazza Navona.

According to certain legends, ancient maritime battles were recreated in Piazza Navona, however more recent studies have demonstrated that in fact, only athletic competitions were held here. It is thus no coincidence that the square was called "in Agone" ("games" in Latin). Given that only recreational activities were held here right through until the Renaissance, its intended utilisation was quite enduring, with it also used to train horses and organise equestrian games.

Today the reputation of Piazza Navona is owing above all to its extraordinary artistic beauty: its Baroque works actually served to celebrate the Pamphili family and its illustrious member, Pope Innocent X, who became an advocate for the enrichment of the square, with splendid palaces and other valuable architectural elements.

Overlooking Piazza Navona are Palazzo Pamphili, richly frescoed by Pietro da Cortona, and the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, the opus of Francesco Borromini and Girolamo Rainaldi. But the best known work of the square is without doubt the magnificent Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, by sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Both day and night, the piazza is a pleasant coming-and-going of tourists, inquisitive passers-by, street artists and painters, a glimpse of Rome replete with its own unique charm.

But also the area around Piazza Navona is to behold, one of the most beautiful and characteristic of the capital. For those visiting Rome for the first time, staying here is a real privilege.