Fontana delle Tartarughe
Fontana delle Tartarughe
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Fontana delle Tartarughe, or The Turtles' Fountain, is one of the Renaissance's little gems.
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dapper777
Monaco64,417 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Friends
It is located in a small charmiing square, in the historic center.
The fountain was built around the end of 1500 on a project by Giacomo della Porta.
The sculptures of the four children who raise their arms to help the turtles enter the upper basin are attributed to Taddeo Landini, while the turtles were added in 1658 by Bernini.
The structure is articulated and complex and is enriched by precious marbles of various colors and from bronzes.
A small square with this beautiful fountain in the center and with cafes around it for a coffee or aperitif .. is very suggestive in the evening.
Written August 11, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,930 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This playful fountain with its whimsical turtles is one of the main sights when exploring the old Jewish Quarter.
It takes centre stage in the small square, Piazza Mattei. It was placed here, right outside Palazzo Mattei, so that the nobleman, Muzio Mattei, could see it from his window.
Interestingly there were no turtles at all when it was originally built between 1581 and 1588. These were added much later by the famous Gian Bernini when the fountain was renovated in 1658-59.
What you see here is a traditional pedestal fountain with four bronzed young men, each resting a foot on the back of a dolphin. Were they riding them like surfboards?
Water flows from the mouths of cherubs and spouts from the mouths of the dolphins into giant conch shells below.
It’s the turtles that steal the show. One turtle totters along the edge of the upper basin and the boy below holds a hand out to steady it. Another is scrambling to get over the basin’s edge and is gently nudged into the water by the boy below. A third one seems to be falling but the boys hand is already outstretched to save it.
In 1944 the turtles were stolen but were, fortunately, recovered. Later one was again stolen and has been lost forever. Sensibly, the turtles here today are only copies.
Interestingly, fountains like this were not just frivolous decorations. They served the very practical purpose of supplying water to the neighbourhood.
Written February 7, 2023
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Margie D
York, PA1,780 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
The Fountain of the Turtles is located in Piazza Mattei. It was about a 10-15 minute walk from Piazza Venezia. We were on a quest to see some of the unique fountains of Rome, and were glad we walked here! There's a charming restaurant in the Piazza, where we had amazing homemade ravioli filled with cheese and spinach, and delicious asparagus crepes! Small and picturesque Piazza for a wonderful fountain!
Written January 2, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Legend has it that Duke Muzio Mattei had the basic fountain made overnight to impress his (hopefully) future father-in-law. Whether this is true or not it's been sitting in this rather nondescript little piazza for well over four hundred years. The fountain itself, the statuary and the turtles were all made by different artists with the turtles being the most interesting. Obviously people must have thought the hands of the four statues reaching heavenward looked a little aimless, so in the 1650s the great Bernini had the cute idea of adding the turtles, so that it appears they're being given a hand up to the top bowl of the fountain.They supposedly symbolise prudence and caution which I guess makes sense given the species rather pedestrian approach to life. It's definitely a cute fountain; perhaps not worth a special trip but if you're in the Jewish quarter why not hunt those cute turtles out.
Written October 17, 2019
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Mathew I
Hobart, Australia8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Many people don't realise the four turtles represent Renaissance masters Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
Written October 13, 2019
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Andy B
Belo Horizonte, MG596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Built between 1580 and 1588, by the architect Giacomo della Porta and the sculptor Taddeo Landini, this fountain channels water from ancient Rome's Acqua Vergine acqueduct and was the lifeline of its immediate neighborhood for centuries after its construction. The bronze turtles around the upper basin, which are attributed either to Gian Lorenzo Bernini or Andrea Sacchi, were added during a fountain restoration, around 1658 or 1659. Coincidentally, one of my favorite restaurants, in Rome, popular with the locals for its down-home, polenta dishes, is also located at Piazza Mattei: Pane Vino e San Daniele. Love this spot!
Written October 3, 2017
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
This fountain of the sixteenth century, restaured by Bernini, is so lovely, I visit it every time, it's the most charming fountain of this area, with bronze turtles, added probabely by Bernini.
Written November 14, 2019
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AZFam-Travel
Arizona208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The little fountain is close to the Jewish Ghetto and is in a quiet little square, Piazza Mattei. There are several restaurant locations close by as well.
Written October 19, 2019
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ALM913
Boca Raton, FL331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
I loved this little fountain near the Jewish Ghetto. There were no crowds so you could really appreciate what you are seeing. Definitely read about it before you go. Well worth a stop if it is near where you are.
Written January 16, 2013
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Another beautiful fountain in Rome, this one located in the Jewish quarter. Worth a quick stop as you are visiting the area.
Written December 11, 2018
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