Navona / Pantheon

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Navona / Pantheon

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Rome's centro storica (historic center) is a glorious contrast of winding, cafe-lined streets and grand spectacles, and Piazza Navona brings all of it together. This is quite possibly the grandest of the city's squares and definitely the most popular. Built directly on top of the Stadio di Domiziano, a sports arena completed in 86 AD at the behest of Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus, the square has an unusual, elongated shape as a result. You can visit the ruins of the stadium beneath the square, while back above ground you can admire the piazzas fountains and colorful palaces. The street artists and performers only add to Piazza Navona's bustling atmosphere, and sitting down with a cappuccino to watch the tourists, locals, and scooters zip by is an experience that shouldn't be missed. Once you've settled up, wander east towards the Pantheon – without question the city's best-preserved Roman relic. Fashionistas might want to check out the stores that line the Via del Corso afterward, and, if you want to get away from the crowds for a bit, you only need to wander into Pigna or Parione to find a neighborhood ristorante or two.

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