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Fountain of the Four Rivers

Rome is full of fountains, but some are more famous than others. The Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona is one of the fountains that, thanks to popular culture and a colorful legend about rival artists, is on many tourist must-see lists.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini is the artist behind the Fountain of the Four Rivers, which depicts four major rivers - the Nile, the Danube, the Rio de la Plata, and the Ganges - each representing a different continent. Sitting atop Bernini’s sculptures is an Egyptian obelisk.

The fountain was built in 1651 and sits at the center of the Piazza Navona, right in front of the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. The statue representing the Rio de la Plata faces the church, and appears to be cowering away in horror at the design - the church was built by one of Bernini’s rivals. This is a common story, and a fun one, but it can’t be true - the church was built many years after Bernini’s fountain.

The Fountain of the Four Rivers features prominently in Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons,” which makes it a must-see stop on any “Angels & Demons” tour of Rome.

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Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain

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See the very best of Rome and its most famous squares, monuments, fountains and artworks on this 3-hour afternoon walking tour. Be enchanted by the Eternal ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.49

Rome Squares and Fountains Walking Tour

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Explore Rome's classical squares and fountains as you take this morning walking tour. On this tour you'll discover St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.52

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