Fontana del Nettuno
Fontana del Nettuno
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful fountain with god Neptune and mermaids. Commissioned in the 16th century. The artist Tomaso Laureti designed the fountain in 1563 and the bronze statue of Neptune is a work of sculptor Gimbologna in 1567. The fountain was renovated many times after 1726.
Written March 8, 2020
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Gulea S
Brasov, Romania24 contributions
Jan 2020
This fountain is the main symbol of historical center of Bolognia, the moast popular meeting point of the city especialy among students and tourists.Is abeautiful fountain and statue.If you go and admire it from behind you may discover afunny detail...
Written January 28, 2020
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Sylvain G.
Lugrin, France196 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a lovely and monumental statue, well located on the main square of the historical center. It has an Italian flavor with the kinky mermaids at the bottom. It is a great start to visit the center, or as a meeting point.
Written October 17, 2020
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
Jul 2022
The fountain and its sculpture are one of the most iconic symbols of the city. This monumental fountain is located in the Piazza del Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore and it is a model example of Mannerist taste of the Italian courtly elite in the 16th century. The statue of Neptune is almost four meters tall and weighs 2,200 kilograms.

The Fountain of Neptune is a popular meeting point for locals. "Ci vediamo al Nettuno", you will hear them say.

Interesting fact: The trident of the Neptune's statue inspired and it was used by Maserati brothers as emblem for their first car.
Written August 2, 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
Aug 2022
This striking fountain can be found from Piazza del Nettuno next to Piazza Maggiore. The fountain was completed in 1566.

Under Neptune, four cherubs are holding dolphins which allegorically represent the four major rivers from the then-known corners of the world: the Ganges, the Nile, the Amazon River, and the Danube. Under cherubs, four lactating Nereids are holding their breasts, from which jets of water emerge.

You cannot say having visited Bologna if you have not seen this fountain.
Written August 21, 2022
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,068 contributions
Feb 2023
This fountain was lovely to see when I was there as it was in full working order. Neptune sits on top of a very decorative mass of sculptures which like him are all carved in black. The stone and it's outer walls are in contrasting white which makes all the figurines stand out more and give fabulous photo opportunities
Written February 23, 2023
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SCshark2015
Kiryat Gat, Israel26 contributions
Sep 2022
Nice surrounding buildings. Tip for the photographers: visit at dawn or on the sun set to avoid harsh midday light. A crowded place, yet you don't feel it too much. And you can always find a shadow there in a hot sunny day.
Written September 24, 2022
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Timzorrr
Edmonds, WA1,542 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Fontana del Nettuno or the Fountain of Neptune is one of those sculptures that you cannot resist looking at. It is large, it is beautiful, it is sexual and it is controversial.
Viewing it from a certain angle reveals an optical illusion that Giambologna (the sculpture) created in protest of the church not letting him make Neptunes gentiles larger....as legend has it.
Regardless, it is a captivating sculpture with a unique history in Piazza de Nuttuno.
Written March 2, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,650 contributions
May 2023
This fountain was commissioned by the Cardinal Legate Charles Borromeo to celebrate the election of Pope Pius IV in 1559. The is made of marble and ornately decorated with bronze sculptures. The centrepiece of the fountain is a huge sculpture of Neptune, designed by Giambologna. Neptune is depicted as a naked giant holding a trident in his right hand. The sculpture is considered a symbol of the city and much reference in culture including the use of the trident as the emblem of Maserati.
Written July 21, 2023
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK4,222 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
My guess is most tourists will come across this statue as it’s in the centre of Bologna and everyone seems to congregate near here so it’s worth a stop and a snap!
Written June 20, 2023
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