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Piazza Navona, Rome
The history of appearing of the Roman square of Navona goes back to its roots in ancient times. In 46 BC, during the times of Julius Cesar reign, the first athletic stadium was built on the place where the square is now. Later the stadium was expanded and could seat 15 thousand spectators. On the preserved arena of the ancient Roman stadium, in medieval times there was a busy town market, which was a beloved rest place of town citizens. A lot of festivals and fairs took place here that time.
Now, as well as in past times, Piazza Navona is a very crowded place. The churches of Sant'Agnese in Agone and Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore are situated here side by side with other places of interest, such as Palazzo Pamphilj, Palazzo Torres Lancellotti and Palazzo Braschi which houses the museum of Rome now. The main decorations of the square are three medieval fountains: Fontana del Moro, Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. The historical heritage of the square attracts a great number of tourists and those who is keen on unique works of art and ancient monuments.
You can get to Piazza Navona from Rome Central Station by bus No64, you should get off at Vittorio Emanuele Stop.