Fountains (Fontana)

Major Squares and Fountains in Rome

Major Squares and Fountains in Rome, Italy Undoubtedly there is no city in the world that has more waters and fountains than Rome. It has been thus since ancient times, when 11 aqueducts supplied thousands and thousands of litres of water to the city each day, feeding the countless fountains and magnificent baths. The sacking of the Goths, resulting in the cutting of the aqueducts, ended this richness, and only at the...

Piazza della Rotonda and Its Fountain (Fontana del Pantheon), Rome

Piazza della Rotonda, Rome This square in front of Pantheon was given its medieval name "della Rotonda" by Romans, which derives from the round form of Pantheon. For centuries it was a very animated place and a site of market, moved away from here only in 1847. After it the square was paved with the characteristic Roman stones "sampietrini", and in 1906 was covered by wooden panels in form of parquet,...

Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), Rome

Trevi Fountain at Piazza di Trevi, Rome Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) is one of the most famous sights of Rome, and of the most successful monuments built in Rome in the 18th century. The fountain was built under Clement XII in 1732-1762 by the project of N.Salvi (finished after Salvi's death by Giuseppe Pannini), who's project was chosen among other 16. The statue of the Ocean is by P.Bracci (1762), the rest of...

Piazza Mattei and Fontana delle Tartarughe (Tortoise Fountain)

Piazza Mattei and Fontana delle Tartarughe (Tortoise Fountain) The name of this square derives from the property that the Mattei family had in this zone. In the middle of it is Fontana delle Tartarughe, built according to a design of G.Della Porta in 1581-1584, with the bronze sculptures by T.Landini, and restored in 1658 probably by G.L.Bernini. Piazza Mattei (Mattei Square) is situated in the heart of Renaissance Rome. It is overlooked...

Piazza Navona - Square With 3 Fountains: Fiumi (Rivers), Moro (Moor) & Nettuno (Neptune)

obelisk of Navona square (Obelisco di piazza Navona), Rome The square repeats in its dimensions and form the Stadio di Domiziano (Stadium of Domitian) built here in 86 close to the Baths of Nero. On the site of present Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne stood another impressive construction of Domitian, Odeon. It is probable also, that between Piazza Navona and Tiber was located Naumacchia di Domiziano built for the water performances that...

Villa Doria Pamphili (Pamphilj): Museum, Casino, Theatre, Fountains, Chapel And Garden

Pamphili house Located on the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill the park with its 180 hectares is the largest green area in the Italian capital by including in it a number of oak trees and fence to enclose this wonderful heritage. Better known under the name of Villa Doria Pamphili (Villa Doria Pamphilj) the only change made to its perimeter that was due to "cut" for the opening of the Olympic...

Fountain (Fontana) & Square (Piazza) of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Night view of Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere This square was for all of the history of Trastevere district its real center and it remained it till now. In the center of it there is fountain documented since the middle of the 15th century, which was reconstructed by C.Fontana in 1692 and was restored in the 19th century. It is named after the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, which dominates the piazza and was the...

The Abbey of the Three Fountains, Rome

The Abbey of the Three Fountains, Rome, Italy The Three Fountains Abbey complex is located in the so called "ad aquas salvias" area, close to the Acque Salvie's source, where it is said that on June 29th 67 A.D. the martyrdom of St. Paul took place. According to the legend, when the Saint was beheaded, the head bounced three times on the ground and three fountains spurted out there. In the 5th century, in that same place...

Rome - A Capital with the most Monumental Fountains

Rome - A Capital with the most Monumental Fountains, Italy Rome (Roma) is undoubtedly one of the capital with the most monumental fountains. There are 450 artistic fountains, as well as 2,350 small cast iron fountains. The Fontana di Trevi, which is located in the piazza of the same name, is undoubtedly one of the most famous and spectacular. The architect Nicola Salvi, who constructed the fountain between 1732 and 1762, wanted to...

Serrara Fontana, Ischia

Serrara Fontana, Ischia The Comune di Serrara Fontana (Serrara Fontana Municipality) at Island of Ischia In Campania region (Naples Province) occupies the territory of 669 hectares and has a population of 2.950 inhabitants. Ther presence of a human life on this part of island is documented from the Iron Age. In 8 - 6th centuries b.C here was situated a Greek village. The other inhabited center...

Acqua Acetosa (Fontana dell'Acqua Acetosa), Rome

Acqua Acetosa (Fontana dell'Acqua Acetosa), Rome The mineral spring called Acqua Acetosa is located between the hill of Villa Glori and the Tiber. The name "acetosa" derives form the word "aceto" (it.) meaning "vinegar", as its taste was slightly similar to it. The spring was closed in 1959 and the water was determined "undrinkable" for the hygienic reasons that got worst due to the population of territories located above...

Fontana (Fountain) di Piazza Colonna, Piazza Colonna, Rome

Piazza Colonna, Rome Starting from the Middle Ages and until the 17th century the square was occupied by the old houses. In the middle of them was a Column of Marcus Aurelius, which gave the name to the square. Its present level is seven meters higher than the one of the ancient Rome. In the 18th century it was occupied by the fruit and drink vendors, that were substituted after 1870 by...

Via del Tritone near Trevi Fountain, Rome

Via del Tritone street busy traffic line, Rome The street was created according to the new plan of urbanistic arrangement of this zone of 1881. It connects Piazza Colonna and Piazza Barberini, and is compound of two old enlarged streets Via del Tritone and Via dell'Angelo Custode. There were some buildings destroyed (like the church of Angelo Custode), and Palazzo Poli was cut. The name of the street derives from the...

Palazzo Barberini, Triton & Api Fountain In Piazza Barberini, Rome

The original name of this square was "Piazza Grimana", taken from cardinal Grimani, who's vine-yards and villa were in this zone. When the Barberini acquired their palace here, the square's name changed. While the first one is still in the middle of Piazza, the Fountain of the Bees (heraldic symbol of the Barberini) was demolished after 1870 to give way for the traffic of Via...

Fontana (Fountain) del Mosè, Rome

The fountain was erected in 1588 by D.Fontana to celebrate reactivation of ancient aqueduct bringing to Rome Acqua Alessandrina, executed by Sixtus V (Felice Peretti), from who the present name of this water derives: Acqua Felice. The statue of Moses is by Leonardo Sormani, the relieves are by Flaminio Vacca. The lions of the basins are the copies of original Egyptian lions,...