Commissioned by Pope Innocent X and representing the major rivers from four continents topped by an Egyptian Obelisk, the fountain and the piazza is a vibrant place to spend an afternoon.

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Be sure to admire the Bernini sculptures of the River Gods of the Four Rivers they are truly an awe-inspiring sight.
The attention to detail on the Gods in addition to the symbols from each continent including the palm trees is incredible. Take a seat and enjoy the view.
Visit in the evening when the fountain is illuminated for a wonderful ambiance and exquisite sight.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby, take a table by the square and enjoy the view with your evening meal.
Children of all ages will enjoy it here as there is plenty to see and do.

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers is located in Piazza Navona in Rome. It is a Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed fountain which dates back to 1651. Pope Innocent X commissioned this fountain, as his family palace faced the Piazza as did the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone of which he was the sponsor. The Egyptian obelisk sits in the centre of the fountain, surrounded by the four major rivers of four continents through which the papal authority was spreading. They were deemed to be the Danube to represent Europe, The Ganges for Asia, Rio de la Plata for the Americas and the Nile for Africa.


The Piazza Navona is a lively square with plenty of bars, shops, restaurants and gelaterias. It is a lovely place to pass the time while admiring the majesty of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the exquisite Bernini sculptures which surround it and the hard to miss Egyptian Obelisk.

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The Piazza Navona is a lively square with plenty of bars, shops, restaurants and gelaterias. It is a lovely place to pass the time while admiring the majesty of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the exquisite Bernini sculptures which surround it and the hard to miss Egyptian Obelisk.

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