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Fountain of Neptune

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Fountain of Neptune

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Piazza Navona, 00186 Rome Italy
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dapper777 wrote a review Aug 2020
Monaco24,315 contributions2,457 helpful votes
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The fountain, also known as the fountain of the "calderari", by the vendors of copper vessels in the nearby Piazza S. Apollinare, is located in the northern end of Piazza Navona. The design of this fountain was commissioned to Giacomo Della Porta in 1574. The project originally was to offer simple drinking troughs. It was replaced in the mid-seventeenth century by the current basin, built by Bernini on the model of the Moro fountain located at the opposite end of the square. The decoration of the basin, which should have been similar to that one as its twin, with tritons and masks, was not realized, however. Only after Rome became the capital of the kingdon, in 1873 the Municipality commisioned the creation of the central group with Neptune fighting an octopus to the sculptor Antonio Della Bitta and the eight lateral groups with nereids, sea horses, cherubs and dolphins (alternating) to Sicilian Gregorio Zappalà. Neptune is the central figure, representing the god of the sea with the trident that defends himself from an octopus clinging to its legs . At the semicircular sides are aquatic animals and nereids, sea horses led by children, sirens fighting with sea, monsters and winged cherubs playing with dolphins, It is beautiful. Every time we can't stop admiring it. It is one of our favorite fountains in Rome. Magical location, of course
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Sydney, Australia3,215 contributions1,639 helpful votes
Piazza Navona is one of my favourite spots in Rome, mainly because of the 3 beautiful fountains. The bigger, more showier fountain in the centre gets most of the attention but all 3 are lovely and strolling through the piazza is a great way to spend some time in Rome. The Neptune fountain was commissioned by Pope Gregory XII in 16th century. It captures the moment when Neptune, the Greek god of the sea, is about to kill an octopus by driving a long spear right through it. It’s a dramatic moment. The octopus is entwining its tentacles around his legs but Neptune has his arm theatrically raised and is about to bring the spear down with all his might. It’s not going to be pretty. Sea nymphs, cupids and sea-horses surround Neptune. The sea-horses add to the drama by rising up from the water, with their front legs rearing up.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MoonaMuslim wrote a review Jul 2020
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The Fountain of Neptune (Italian: Fontana del Nettuno) is one of the three fountains in Piazza Navona. All 3 fountains are worth seeing and are right next to each other. In the middle of the piazza, the Fontana dei Fiumi. In the south of the piazza, the Fontana del Moro. As a counterpart, the Fontana del Nettuno flanks to the north of the square. The Fontana del Nettuno was built in 1574 by Giacomo della Porta. The fountain got its current shape with fountain figures between 1873 and 1878: Neptune stabs an octopus with his trident, flanked by other mythological marine figures
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴 wrote a review Apr 2020
Targu Jiu, Romania4,811 contributions38,131 helpful votes
Seen this lovely fountain on our last trip to Rome. Located in Piazza Navona, this is one of the three fountains you can see in this square. This fountain was build sometime in 1500's so it is about 500 year old, definitely I recommend you check it out.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Malgorzata wrote a review Feb 2020
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Another beautiful fountain. Located in the northern part of Piazza Navona. It was designed by Giacomo della Porta in the 16th century. It was the most modest of the three fountains. Depicts a group of sea nymphs, but at the end of the nineteenth century, a figure of Neptune was added . Simply beautiful.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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