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If there’s one tourist-filled, street performer-crazed, artist-saturated epic spot in the Eternal City that exudes its craziness–and baroque beauty–in all its glory, it’s the Piazza Novana. Created in the 17th century on the site of the ancient Stadium of Domitian, Pope Innocent X turned the space into a spectacle, striving to leave a visual legacy for his family. You’ll find the some of the most breathtaking and ornate architecture in Rome, including Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. To say this open piazza is lively is an understatement. Come prepared for an overwhelming experience (comfortable shoes and a secure bag are musts) and leave with a newfound appreciation for the city’s infinite energy.

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