Fontana Maggiore
Fontana Maggiore
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,919 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The fountain has sat in the Piazza Novembre in the heart of Perugia since around 1275 and was erected when a new aquaduct was built to provide water to the elevated town of Perugia. They managed to get water , without pumps via a forced pressure duct system to flow up hill. For those that have seen the aquaduct it was quite a feat.The fountain is impressive and sits below the cathedral and cannot be missed when walking through Perugia
Written September 20, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This extravagant marble and bronze fountain is the centrepiece of Perugia’s main square, Piazza IV Novembre. This is the best starting place to explore Perugia and even those on a tight itinerary, will spend some time here.
From a distance, the fountain looks a little like a wedding cake with two ornate tiers sitting on top of a polygonal stair base. Up close, it is full of highly detailed decoration.
Built between 1278 and 1280, the fountain was designed to celebrate the completion of a new aqueduct. It’s certainly celebrational - there are 50 bas-reliefs and 24 statues.
A lot of the detail would have been lost on me but for our guide book. A protective metal fence prevents you from getting too close but, using our guide book, we were still able to pick out different scenes and symbols.
There are three separate parts:
i) Lower Basin - has 25 scenes. Some show the months of the year and zodiac signs, others show Biblical stories and stories from Roman mythology. We spotted Romulus and Remus suckling the wolf, Adam and Eve being thrown out of Paradise and David and Goliath. We also found several of the months - November had people ploughing and in December they were killing a pig for winter supplies.
ii) Upper Basin - has 24 statues of saints and Biblical and historical figures. These were harder to identify but King David seemed to be holding a harp whilst somewhat more gruesomely, Salome was holding the head of St John the Baptist.
iii) Top Level - has 2 copper basins and a bronze cup, topped by a group of 3 bronze nymphs (Faith, Hope, Charity). 
The fountain looked particularly pretty at night when it was illuminated.
Written July 18, 2023
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands3,127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Fontana Maggiore in Piazza IV Novembre was built in the thirteenth century.
It was an important prestige object for Perugiade and the crowning glory of the work on the aqueduct that brought water to the center of Perugia.
Written December 13, 2022
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Zaira G
Italy190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The entire city centre of Perugia is a must. Every corner boasts a historical masterpiece with a story to tell, like Fontana Maggiore which dates back to the late 13th century. It is built on a round stairway. The fountain is adorned by mythical characters and it is protected by a gate. Visitors can easily admire it from up close.
Written August 23, 2019
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Cocciolino2015
Perugia, Italy466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
I was shocked to read some of the reviews calling this fountain "plain" and "disappointing" and "seriously overrated". How can any work of medieval art so complicated and representative of a mighty city,as Perugia was at that time,be belittled in this manner I asked myself? Calming down and trying to relate to tired tourists coming through on a day trip to Perugia,Assisi, and who knows where else,I think it's one of the problems of Italy. A diet that is too rich,one marvel after another,numbs your taste buds. I am one of the fortunate who live here and have had time to digest these works of art over a period of years. At the University for Foreigners we did a course that was based entirely on the 50 marble panels and 24 small statues that compose the fountain. Each one represents something...months of the year,zodiac figures,traditional farming,liberal arts,Biblical scenes or prominent personages of Perugia. It's too much to take in,even with a knowledgeable guide, at a quick glance walking along the Corso Vannucci. It's truly a miracle that this beautiful fountain is still an open book exposed to the elements and daily events after over 700 years.
Written November 17, 2016
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Georgios G
Athens, Greece940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
Fontana Maggiore is a very nice fountain located in the central square of the city of Perugia. If you look at it carefully, you can see it's a real masterpiece. Artists have created scenes from the the different seasons of the year presenting a picure of the life in Italy some centuries ago. If you have the chance, devote some time for visiting Fontana Maggiore!
Written March 3, 2016
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Susan T
Tustin, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
The Fontana Maggiore is a large and lovely 13th century fountain which has been restored and is fully functional. It is a great work of art and focal point of the Old Town Piazza IV Novembre. It is definitely worth seeing and photographing.
Written August 20, 2015
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GloriaAnne
Crete97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
It's in a very busy area with lots of people admiring this fountain Built in 13C to celebrate the completion of aqueducts bringing fresh water into the city, it's easy to see why. The carvings and statues around it's edges, many of bible stories, are beautiful. The fountain dominates the piazza and is surrounded by many beautiful buildings. Very well worth visiting.
Written July 20, 2013
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Sara Jean
Urbino, Italy53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
It was quite nice and very large. Makes a good spot for photos too. From all angles you get a good view of things
Written November 30, 2019
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travellerme
Brighton, UK302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A good time to be there is on a Saturday morning . Park for free in the Stadio car park and wander through the market . Take the mini metro up to the city or walk up the escalators. It’s easy to spend the day wandering around the town and see wonderful architecture , expensive shops and have food in the many restaurants on the streets.
Definitely worth the detour.
Written September 1, 2019
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