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ULTIMATE GUIDE OF WHAT TO DO IN PIAZZA NAVONA WITH KIDS

INSIDE: Wondering what to do in Piazza Navona? Check out these 7 best things to do in this Roman square with children in tow. 

One of the must-do tourist attractions in Rome is the Piazza Navona.

Built on the Stadium of Domitian back in the 1st Century AD, this piazza is an example of Baroque architecture with three famous fountains in the open space in the centre of the stadium-like piazza.

While it’s definitely a cultural hotspot and an architecture lovers dream destination, this square is interesting enough for kids, especially on a sunny day! (Unlike the day we visited)

See below for a list of the top things to do in Piazza Navona with kids. 

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7 BEST THINGS TO DO IN PIAZZA NAVONA ROME ITALY

Take the kids and be sure to check out all these ideas. 


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PIAZZA NAVONA FACTS! 

Read this fun facts about Piazza Navona as you plan your Rome itinerary.

Roman Statues and fountains are so much more fun, when you know a little of their history!

No.1: Piazza Navona Fountains

See the second most famous fountain in Rome! 

The main Piazza Navona fountain in the centre of the square is the world-famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or “Fountain of the Four Rivers”

The statue was built in 1651 by the sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The Bernini Fountain of the Four Rivers fountain at Piazza Navona is topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, and is a sight to see.

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No.2: Piazza Navona Statues

There are two other Famous Roman Statues at Piazza Navona

Fontana del Moro

The fountain at the southern end is the Fontana del Moro.

There’s a basin and four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta (1575).

To which, in 1673, Bernini added a statue of a Moor, or African, wrestling with a dolphin.

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Fountain of Neptune Piazza Navona

The fountain at the northern end of the Piazza is the Fountain of Neptune (1574).

Also created by Giacomo della Porta.

The Statue of Neptune, by Antonio Della Bitta, was added in 1878 to create a balance with La Fontana del Moro.

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No.3: See the Stadium of Domitian Piazza Navona underground

Explore the only stadium ever built from masonry in Ancient Rome. 

Take a skip-the-line audio guide tour of the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

See amazing reconstructions of the former site of the ancient Olympic Games, located 5 meters beneath the square. 

Click here to book. 

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No.4: Fun Things to do in Rome for Kids at this Roman Square! 

There’s Street Entertainment Galore

 Be prepared for lots of street entertainment, including: 

  • buskers
  • portrait painters
  • silent human statues 

The square is filled with stylish people to watch so grab yourselves a gelati icecream cone and find a seat. 

Book Now: Take a “Squares of Rome” street tour, with street food, tiramisu and gelato! 

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Image credit: Tre Scalini 

No.5: “Death by Chocolate” – Try the World-famous dessert “Il Tartuffo” at Tre Scalini.

Unless of course, you are planning to indulge in the world-famous dessert “Tartuffo” truffle cake at Tre Scalini cafe-restaurant and ice cream parlour. 

Death by Chocolate, created in 1946 by the found of the Ciampini family, is a local speciality and must be tried at least once. 

This is one of the top things to do in Rome for foodies. 
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No.6: What to do at Piazza Navona Christmas Market

If you happen to visit Rome on a family vacation during December and up to the first week of January, you’ll be delighted by the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona and the atmosphere there.

Go for the Christmas food and the vibe, and you won’t be disappointed by the lack of original art, or the array of cheap Chinese imports.

The kids will love picking out a Christmas souvenir or two though!


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Image credit: Al Sogno toy store in Rome

No.7: Piazza Navona shopping tips

Find the best toy store in Rome for kids and families at the Al Sogno Toy shop at Piazza Navona. 

Al Sogno Toy shop in Rome is at one end of the piazza.

Al Sogno Piazza Navona store

In this dreamlike store with a Gladiator and Pinocchio by the front door to greet you, there’s:

  • stuffed animals
  • teddies
  • fairy dolls
  • wooden puppets
  • porcelain handmade dolls, and
  • marionettes.

 If you are in Rome with kids, this is the Aladdins Cave of Toy Stores in Rome.

Hot tip: Book this kid friendly tour of Rome (with gelato tasting!) 

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More Shopping in Piazza Navona

No.1: Cartoleria Pantheon, from 1910  

Stop by this stylish Italian shop to find:

  • leather photo albums
  • leather jewelry holders
  • leather pen holders (pictured above)
  • wax letter seal handles made from brass
  • stationery and pens
  • Miniature Library ornaments
  • leather diaries with handmade paper
  • leather bags for women, and
  • elegant letter paper. 

Shopping for someone who has everything? THIS is your go-to shop in Rome. 

Address: Piazza Navona, 42, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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No.2: L’Artigianato Gift Shop

Lovely handmade gifts including colorful ceramics, tea towels, chess games, artistic blown glass, kitchenware, vintage reproductions, coffee making tools, pasta machines, Italian brand toys, and more.

Find these Italian homeware and kitchen brands:

  • Egan Made in Italy – vintage style Disney cups and mugs, dessert forks, soap dishes. Also a range of quirky Ceramic owls.
  • Carillon music boxes and retro inspired carousels of Italian design
  • Bialetti coffee makers and Bialetti coffee beans
  • Pavoni coffee machines
  • Marcato pasta machines, drying racks, biscuit machines and hand tools
  • Giannini Italian kitchenware
  • Alessi design household objects, kitchen accessories, jewelry, costume jewelry, watches, trays, dishes, tea and coffee services and kettles 

Address: Piazza Navona, 84, 00186 Roma RM, Italy 

No.3: Society Limonata Roma

Find beautifully designed gifts for the home, including things for the bathroom, bed linen, bedsheets, pillowcases, decorative cushions, towels, tablecloths, napkins, ceramics, clothing, bags and scarves.

Their DRAI bag made from cotton canvas in divine colors is ideal for the beach, or shopping, or travel. 

Address: Piazza di Pasquino, 4, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Best Rome Places to Visit with Kids

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Piazza Navona Address: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy

Opening Hours at Piazza Navona

  • Open all hours

Entry Fees:

  • Entrance to the Piazza is free.

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Rome Piazza Navona Map 

Check out this Piazza Navona Rome map below. 

How to get to Piazza Navona 

On foot

  • Walking is the best option.
  • You can do a fab tourist loop by starting at the Piazza del Popolo, down to the Spanish Steps, walk to the Trevi Fountain, and arrive at the PN square via the Pantheon.

By Metro: There are no Metro stations nearby.

By Bus: From the Termini, take bus 64, 70 or N15 and alight at the C.So Vittorio Emanuele/S. A. Della Valle stop.

By Taxi or Uber: The square is easily accessible by taxi or Uber.

Click here for detailed directions

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Where to eat at Piazza Navona with kids?

Try Chiostro del Bramante Cafe

Head up to second level to sit in the courtyard. 

  • Via Arco della Pace, 5 
  • Telephone: 06 6880 9035
  • Open from 10:00 am-9:00 pm.

Need a sweet treat?

Visit Gelateria Tre Scalini.

Hot Tip: We’d suggest finding elsewhere to eat your family meals as the prices here are tourist-level and not so family-friendly.

 If you are up for Pizza, our favourite pizza shop is just 400 metres walk away.

FAQ: Facts about Piazza Navona

No.1: When was Piazza Navona built?

It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian in the 1st century AD.

No.2: Name the famous Piazza Navona movies

According to IMDB, a total of 39 movies have been filmed in Piazza Navona. These are the most popular. 

  • James Bond Spectre (2015) 
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) 
  • American Assassin (2017) 
  • Angels & Demons (2009) 
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) 
  • The Way of the Dragon (1972) 
  • The Great Beauty (2013) 
  • Hudson Hawk (1991)

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Toadstool Rating: Ancient Rome for Kids 

Another ancient square in Rome full of beauty and history.

Stop by this famous piazza in Rome on your wanders. 

Other places you must visit in Rome with kids include:

  • Castel Sant Angelo
  • the Vatican museums
  • our favorite Villa Borghese Gardens
  • the Colosseum, and
  • the Roman Forum. 

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