Fountains in Rome

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Fountains in Rome

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  • isaac t
    Hod Hasharon, Israel31 contributions
    Many many persons no place almost all the tourist in Rome meeting here

    A must to be place Anita Eckberg not live here
    Cave cane many pocket thieft
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, NY603 contributions
    Built in 1650-1651 at the request of Pope Innocent X and located at the center of Piazza Navona is this iconic fountain representing four of the world's rivers. Nile for Africa, Ganges for Asia, Danube for Europe and Plata for the Americas. It is so breathtaking.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,931 contributions
    Not the biggest fountain going around but is a great Pietro Bernini work. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1623 with the desire to have a fountain in every public square in Rome and this was the result for the Spanish Square. Built in the baroque style its name is actually "Leaky Boat", no bull. Split Enz must of visited Rome???
    Written July 30, 2023
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  • cheshire3131
    Runcorn, UK583 contributions
    A really beautiful statue/water fountain which we come across due to stop on the hop on hop off bus. Glad we didn't miss it.
    Written March 18, 2023
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  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada291 contributions
    Beautiful fountain situated across from an overlook with a great view over the city. If you are coming from the lower area of Trastevere near the river, be aware it is an uphill walk to get to it. Not as crowded as many other landmarks so great spot to get a picture. It is located on a road rather than in a piazza so you need to be careful of the traffic.
    Written June 7, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,160 contributions
    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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  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,931 contributions
    Stumbled upon these 4 renaissance era fountains at the corner of Via Del Quirinale & Via delle Quattro Fontane. The fountains were built between 1588 & 1593 and were commissioned by Pope Sixtus V. They are thought to be dedicated to the Rivers Arno & Tiber plus the Goddesses Juno & Diana. They don't seem to get much attention and are pretty filthy but great to see such old sculptures survive a busy intersection with the way the locals drive!
    Written August 3, 2023
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  • WillieMacfan
    Healdsburg, CA777 contributions
    Another of the fountains in the Piazza Navona. This too is attractive and in some ways seems more interactive than the other fountains as water is actively shooting out of statues.
    Written July 21, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,160 contributions
    One thing Rome is not short of is fountains. There are around 300 monumental fountains as well as many small public drinking fountains. Estimates vary wildly, but altogether there are something like 2000 fountains in the city.
    Most famous of all, is the Trevi Fountain. Every tourist will at some point head there. Many of them will throw the traditional coin into the water to ensure that they return to Rome.
    Equally, I like the three fountains in Piazza Navona. Two of them (Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Fountain of the Moors) were designed by Bernini, the Baroque genius. So popular was he at the time, that 9 different popes commissioned works by him.
    The largest, the Fountain of the Four Rivers is a marble extravaganza. The four river gods are dramatic, twisting figures, with outstretched limbs, straining muscles and swirling robes. Horses appear to leap from the stone and the whole thing is unexpectedly topped off with a towering Egyptian obelisk.
    Incredibly, Rome’s fountains do not rely on mechanical pump systems. Instead, they rely entirely on gravity which is only possible because the water supply comes from an elevated source, higher up in the surrounding hills.
    Interestingly, this was a critical factor in design. The higher the water source, the higher a fountain’s water jet could shoot into the air. So some fountains, like the one in St. Peter's Square could reach up to 20 feet. In contrast, the water pressure was nowhere near as high in Piazza Navona so these fountains were designed so that the water cascaded, rather than shooting upwards.
    Written July 14, 2022
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  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,638 contributions
    It is at the southern end of the Piazza Navona. Dating from the 16th century, it is made of marble. The central figure of the Moor was added mid-17th century. Four Tritons can be seen.
    Written April 3, 2023
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  • Mark D
    Newcastle, Australia2,381 contributions
    Started a food tour here & probably wouldn't have stumbled across it otherwise! It's a lovely little Piazza, not as known as most, but still has a few cafes & Restaurants around the edges, and is much quieter than a lot of parts of Roma. Certainly worth a look.
    Written September 20, 2023
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  • SteveS1970
    Coventry, UK7,273 contributions
    We were in the area to go to Santa Maria della Vittoria and passed this whilst walking around. Another amazing fountain in Rome, with history I wasn’t aware of until afterwards. We recognised Moses as this seems to be the style Michelangelo gave him with the noticeable hair and beard which we had seen elsewhere. With a photo if passing.
    Written October 28, 2022
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  • WillieMacfan
    Healdsburg, CA777 contributions
    One of the few spots on the Piazza facing the Pantheon where you get feel a bit of moisture other than sweat. Fountain is pleasant and cools those than stand adjacent to it
    Written July 21, 2023
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  • dapper777
    Monaco32,563 contributions
    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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  • dapper777
    Monaco32,563 contributions
    When we visit Piazza del Popolo, we are a little intimidated by its beauty and also by its grandeur.
    Many times, we miss the details and so we don't pay much attention to some things that make this square so unique.
    The Fountain of the Goddess Rome is located on the right side of the square, from where you can admire the elegant architecture of the Pincio Terrace.
    Raised almost a meter from the ground, there is a large semicircular basin in travertine, inside which there is a large valve, surmounted by a smaller one from where the water flows into the two lower basins.
    Above the balustrade is a sculptural group, in which the statue of the Goddess Roma stands out, with the spear in her right hand and the warrior's helmet on her head.
    Seated on the sides there are two colossal statues which are the allegories of the rivers of Rome, the Tiber and the Aniene.
    The composition is completed by a smaller sculptural group placed at the foot of the Goddess Rome, who is the symbol of the city: the she-wolf nursing the two twins Romulus and Remus.
    It is a great opportunity to take some souvenir pictures.
    Written July 30, 2021
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