Striking Town Squares
What’s underneath the Piazza Navona in Rome? It’s an ancient stadium built by the Emperor Domitian, which gives the piazza its unusual oval shape. The name also derives from this arena. Track and field competitions were called agones, a word corrupted to navona over the centuries. In the center of the modern piazza is Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s extraordinary Fountain of the Four Rivers, representing the four major rivers of the known continents: the Nile (Africa), the Ganges (Asia), the Plate (the Americas), and the Danube (Europe). Two more lovely fountains anchor the ends of the piazza. Swarmed with trinket sellers, buskers and visitors year-round, Piazza Navona is likely Rome’s liveliest public space — no small accomplishment in this bustling city.
Monterey Square gained fame through the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
watching the tiles on the buildings slide from color to color depending on the position of the sun.