Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
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Pope Innocenzo X commissioned Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1651 to create this monumental fountain, which would adorn the piazza in front of the family palace.
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  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful fountain in Piazza Navona
    This is a must visit place when in Rome. Less crowded compared to the other famous fountain, the Trevi fountain. Masterpiece by Bernini depicting the four famous rivers. We walked here after our visit to the Pantheon.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, New York609 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fountain honoring the four rivers
    Built in 1650-1651 at the request of Pope Innocent X and located at the center of Piazza Navona is this iconic fountain representing four of the world's rivers. Nile for Africa, Ganges for Asia, Danube for Europe and Plata for the Americas. It is so breathtaking.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,539 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fountain of four rivers
    Pope Innocent X Pamphilj commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sculpt, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, which is located at the Piazza Navona a really popular and interesting square, in what was once an ancient stadium. Piazza Navona is a popular and vibrant tourist attraction scattered with many bars and restaurants. This fountain represents four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Río de la Plata representing the Americas
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Hendrik_NL
    Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,400 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Bernini's best
    This beautiful work of the master Bernini is the center piece of the unmatchable Piazza Navona. Not only is it a stunning artwork by itself, but Bernini was also a bit naughty. Look at the figure on the right in the picture. He has his arm raised to protect himself when the time had come that the church San Agnese in Agone, next to the fountain, would fall in. The master builder who had constructed the church was no friend of Bernini. Furthermore, the figure on the left pulls a cloth over his head, because he can't stand the ugly building in his sight. Yes, the architect of this building was also not a friend of Bernini and the current Pope at that time in the 17th Century has also something to do with this joke, I think. This fountain merits contemplation and Piazza Navona is the right spot for this.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
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May 2019
The Fountain of the Four Rivers is one of the most famous fountains of Rome in the middle of Piazza Navona . Built in 1650-1651 at the request of Pope Innocent X. It symbolizes 4 great rivers from 4 continents: Nile, Danube, Rio de la Plata and Ganges. The rivers were represented by figures of four giants supported on a rock identified with chaos. The central obelisk was moved from Rome's oldest road: Via Appia. At the top of the obelisk was placed a pigeon with an olive branch located in the coat of arms of Innocent X and his family.For me much more beautiful during night. A place visited by crowds of tourists staying in Rome. This is an amazing fountain in one of the most visited plazas, Piazza Navona. There are lot of restaurants in the area where you can have a coffee or something to eat while enjoying all the beauty around.
Written February 25, 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
The partial marble centrepiece of Piazza Novana is this stunning Fountain of the Four Rivers. The River Nile, Río de la Plata, Danube and Ganges are depicted here and intertwine throughout the base of the monument. Terrific detail.
Written February 23, 2020
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,514 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Couples
Originally the fountain was made to serve as a source of potable water before the age of indoor plumbing. The four rivers are represented by the four marble gods with flowers and wildlife around them that are typical for continents where rivers are located. You can walk around the fountain and see something happening from any angle. It’s a lot going on there. Great Baroque masterpiece and a central piece of Piazza Navona.
Written October 20, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is one of the two most beautiful fountains in Rome. It’s not as famous as the Trevi Fountain, but it’s a close second in beauty and scale.
Designed in 1651 by the Baroque genius, Bernini, it takes central position in front of an equally ornate Baroque church. There are actually three marble fountains in PIazza Navona but this one is the largest by far.
Around the base, you see the 4 river gods. With outstretched limbs, straining muscles, swirling robes and flowing hair, there’s a lot of dramatic action going on. Each one represents one of the great rivers of the world, as it was known in the 17th century. There’s the Nile, the Ganges the Danube and America’s Rio del Plato.
It’s not immediately obvious who’s who. However there are clues.
A bag of coins next to the Rio de la Plata god symbolises the riches of the New World. The god of the Danube represents Europe so he is supporting a papal coat of arms. The lion and oar point to the Ganges god and the Nile River god is next to a palm tree.
Surprisingly the fountain also features a towering Egyptian obelisk which sits on top, reaching a height of 30 metres. It’s strange thing but there are more Egyptian obelisks in Rome than in Egypt. Most were plundered by the ancient Roman emperors who shipped around 50 of these massive blocks off to Rome to decorate stadiums and mausoleums. This one was cut from the Egyptian quarries by the emperor Domitian who had the hieroglyphs added later.
The fountain is always surrounded by a crowd so its hard to get a photo but its a fun, lively piazza with lots of restaurants and cafes, interesting side streets, the Church of St Agnes, street entertainers and some very clever ‘living statues’ that will keep the kids fascinated.
Written February 1, 2023
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH3,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This Bernini masterpiece is a sight to behold. With time to examine more closely, this fountain has many different visual treasures. Whimsical creatures, greatly detailed figures, a papal coat of arms, and just the way that stone was carved to look realistic. Fantastic!
Written January 5, 2023
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Located at the centre of Piazza Navona is this iconic fountain representing four of the world's rivers. Nile for Africa, Ganges for Asia, Danube for Europe and Plata for the Americas. Strange they didn't pick Amazon, but I guess they weren't able to measure the Amazon that day?

The Nile statue is interesting because at that time they didn't know where the source was. The Plata guy is sitting on coins because of its riches and seems to be scared of a snake or an eel or something. Not sure what that meant though. Danube is the closest major river to Rome, while Ganges is the cradle of Indian civilization, which is pretty evident with India's geographical population distribution today.

Pretty symbolic and I like that.
Written January 15, 2023
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This beautiful work of the master Bernini is the center piece of the unmatchable Piazza Navona. Not only is it a stunning artwork by itself, but Bernini was also a bit naughty. Look at the figure on the right in the picture. He has his arm raised to protect himself when the time had come that the church San Agnese in Agone, next to the fountain, would fall in. The master builder who had constructed the church was no friend of Bernini. Furthermore, the figure on the left pulls a cloth over his head, because he can't stand the ugly building in his sight. Yes, the architect of this building was also not a friend of Bernini and the current Pope at that time in the 17th Century has also something to do with this joke, I think. This fountain merits contemplation and Piazza Navona is the right spot for this.
Written March 12, 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Pope Innocent X Pamphilj commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sculpt, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, which is located at the Piazza Navona a really popular and interesting square, in what was once an ancient stadium. Piazza Navona is a popular and vibrant tourist attraction scattered with many bars and restaurants.

This fountain represents four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Río de la Plata representing the Americas
Written January 7, 2024
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Innocenzo X commissioned the artist Bernini to create this work, located in front of the family palazzo. Stunning in its own right, its characters surrounded an obelisk. Four river gods are featured. The fountain is Bernini at his best.
Written April 3, 2023
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Ken T
Glen Oaks, NY609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Built in 1650-1651 at the request of Pope Innocent X and located at the center of Piazza Navona is this iconic fountain representing four of the world's rivers. Nile for Africa, Ganges for Asia, Danube for Europe and Plata for the Americas. It is so breathtaking.
Written October 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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