Navona Square is one of the most famous squares in Rome. Its shape is that of an ancient stadium, It was built in monumental style at the behest of Pope Innocent X (Giovanni Battista Pamphilj).

Navona Square, in ancient Rome, was the Stadium of Domitian, which was built by the emperor Domitian in 85 in the third century and was restored by Alexander Severus. It was long 276 meters, long 106 and could accommodate 30.000 Viewers.

The stadium was decorated with statues, one of which is that of Pasquino (perhaps a copy of a Hellenistic Pergamon presumed representative Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus), now in the square next to Piazza Navona.

In the Christmas period,the square is set up with the Christmas market stalls making it a favorite destination for young and old.

Fonte: Wikipedia