Fontana delle Naiadi

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Neighborhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighborhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighborhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic center. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 1 min walk
  • Termini • 5 min walk
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dapper777
Monaco32,185 contributions
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We have seen it many times! It is certainly one of the most beautiful of the modern fountains in Rome, built with the aim of providing a monumental perspective to the Via Nazionale, when it was very elegant and famous.
It was built in 1888 on a project by Alessandro Guerrieri who wanted four plaster lion statues around the large circular basin.
These were replaced by the sculptor Mario Rutelli in 1901 by four bronze groups representing the Nymph of the Lakes, the Nymph of the Rivers, the Nymph of the Oceans and the Nymph of the Underground Waters.
If you arrive in Rome by train, it is the first really fascinating thing that strikes you, as soon as you leave Termini Station.
It is nice to see it in the evening because the lights make everything much more beautiful and evocative.
Recommended.
Written January 31, 2021
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Malgorzata
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The fountain is located in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome . One of the largest fountains in Rome , designed by architect Mario Rutelli in 1900. The structure consists of four nude female bronze figures depicting 4 water nymphs. The whole complex was surrounded by a gate. During the opening, bronze statues of four naked goddesses caused social criticism. Initially a wooden fence had been maintained to prevent the sight of the monument. But, on February 10, 1901 Romans, brought down the fence. Also the decoration for the central group of the fountain was commissioned. In 1912, finally, the fountain took on the definitive shape that still maintains, with the Glaucos in the center , a naked male figure grasping a dolphin, symbolizing man's dominion over natural force, from whose mouth the central stream of water comes out. The sensuality of the statues was sharply criticized by the clergy. Getting to the fountain might be tricky, as it’s located in the middle of a very busy roundabout.
Written March 9, 2020
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA30,545 contributions
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Fontana delle Naiadi is located in the center of busy Piazza della Repubblica. It is one of the largest fountains in Rome and a relatively young one for the Eternal City: it was designed by architect Mario Rutelli in 1900.

Not my favorite fountain in Rome, but quite imposing and beautiful sight at night, when it is lit up and not surrounded by heavy traffic.
Written December 6, 2020
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Gregory K
Gloucester, UK216 contributions
I am quite sure that these looked magnificent in 1901 when they were erected, but it's quite a different impression now. We had just completed a self-guided tour of ten of Rome's fountains and had seen some exceptional art. So I was looking forward to seeing the Naiads but the bronze seemed tarnished and weathered and the overall impression was disappointing.
Written January 3, 2020
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom54,521 contributions
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The Fountain of the Naiads has four naked female figures in sultry poses as they are sprayed with water. Only in continental Europe!

It is a nice fountain on the backdrop of the impressive Piazza della Repubblica. It is easier to get to the fountain in the evening when there is less traffic about.
Written May 15, 2018
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vidyapm
Bengaluru, India605 contributions
Family
The fountain in this square was originally the fountain of the Aqua Pia commissioned in 1870. Completed in 1888, it originally showed four chalk lions. These were then replaced in 1901 with sculptures of Naiads by Mario Rutelli from Palermo.
The naiads represented are the Nymph of the Lakes, the Nymph of the Rivers , the Nymph of the Oceans and the Nymph of the Underground Waters. In the center is sculpture, symbolizing the dominion of the man over natural force.
Written July 29, 2016
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
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This beautiful fountain stands in the middle of a busy square. Originally decorated with four lions, it was replaced by four bronze nymphs.
Written December 5, 2018
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traveltoforeignlands
San Diego, CA583 contributions
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This fountain is absolutely beautiful and holds a special place in my heart! You can read more about it by reading my review on Bosculo's
Exedra Roma (Bosculo's Exedra Hotel in Rome). Rutelli created this fountain and on the day of it's unveiling those in attendance discovered that the beautiful sculptures of the naiads would not be unveiled. It seems that the Pope found these sculptures to be too risque for the young men of the city to see! Some years later, the full fountain was revealed, and I am so glad that it was. The fountain is absolutely gorgeous. Glaucus, a fisherman, rises from its center. The naiads each represent a body of water. Lakes are represented by the naiad holding the swan; oceans are represented by the naiad riding or wrestling with the "seahorse" (looks like a horse to me LOL); rivers are represented by the naiad holding the water snake; and the subterranean rivers are represented by the naiad lounging on a dragon. If you want to see this fountain in action, rent the DVD Three Coins in the Fountain as it opens the movie. It is not named within the movie, as the Fountain of Trevi plays a major part in that film, but the Fountain of the Naiads is even more beautiful than the fountain of Trevi in my estimation, though not as huge or popular. If you have time, definitely see them both!
Written October 24, 2015
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,484 contributions
Couples
The Fountain of the Naiads (Fontana delle Naiadi) is a nice fountain arrangement in the centre of traffic clogged Piazza della Repubblica in Rome. While the piazza itself leaves much to be desired due to the vehicle traffic and noise, this fountain is actually nice to see .

Here you can see a multiple level fountain that was originally created n 1880. The various nude Naiads (nymphs) were added in 1901 by Mario Rutelli. They represent the Waters (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans and Underground Waters) and are featured along with a allegorical creatures. The fountain is anchored by a larger centre figure, which seems to be a fisherman wrestling with a large fish.

Overall, this is a neat fountain to see in Rome. However, its location makes it somewhat less appealing to visit. If you are in the Termini area, it is worth having a look as you pass by the piazza in between sightseeing endeavours. Just be mindful of the heavy traffic that can be found at this roundabout piazza if you choose to cross over to the centre area where the fountain is located.
Written May 21, 2015
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,941 contributions
Pleasant fountain in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica (sadly an area full of traffic so impossible to appreciate properly).
Written June 25, 2021
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