Piazza Navona Travel Guide
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Piazza Navona

In terms of sheer sensual enjoyment—from a mouthwatering range of restaurants and caffè to the ornate Baroque settings—it's tough to top this area of Rome. Just a few blocks (and some 1,200 years) separate the two main showstoppers: Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. The first is the most beautiful Baroque piazza in the world, and it serves as the open-air salon for this quarter of Rome. As if this is not grandeur enough, across Corso di Rinascimento—and more than a millennium away—is the Pantheon, the grandest extant building still standing from ancient Rome, topped by the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Near the same massive hub, Bernini's delightful elephant obelisk proves that small can also be beautiful. And beautiful is the word to describe this entire area, one that is packed with Baroque wonders, charming stores, and very happy sightseers.

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