Top fountains in Italy

Top fountains in Italy

Almost every square in Italy and the Vatican City is adorned with a beautiful fountain at its center. These fountains are pure works of art and several are tourist attractions in their own right.

Trevi Fountain

The most famous fountain in all of Italy is the Trevi Fountain, an over-the- top Baroque masterpiece completed only in 1762. At all hours of the day, the Fontana di Trevi is thronged by tourists who visit it to throw coins into its pool in the hopes that this practice will ensure a return trip to Rome.

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Location: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome

Nearby sights: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill

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Nearby hotels: Domus Trevi, Hotel delle Nazioni, Hotel Giolli Nazionale

Fountain of the Four Rivers

Occupying the centre of Piazza Navona is the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the brilliant masterpiece of Baroque artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The impressive fountain, which was erected in 1651 for Pope Innocent X, depicts four river gods, each representing a major river on four continents: Danube–Europe, River de la Plata–America, Ganges–Asia, and the Nile–Africa. Rising from the fountain’s centre, appearing almost weightless, is an Egyptian obelisk.

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Location: Piazza Navona, Rome

Nearby sights: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill

Nearby hotels: La Maison D’Art, St. Peter’s Rooms Rome, Vanity Hotel

Triton Fountain

Located in Piazza Barberini, the Triton Fountain is another work by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, created in 1637 for Pope Urbano VIII. The fountain depicts a muscular Triton–a mythological Greek sea god–as a merman seated on an opened scallop shell, blowing into a conch shell, from which the fountain’s waters spurt. At its base are four dolphins.

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Location: Piazza Barberini, Rome

Nearby sights: Colosseum, Pantheon, Palatine Hill

Nearby hotels: Barocco Hotel, Roma Resort Barberini, Hotel Ranieri

Fountains of St. Peter Square

Located on the St. Peter’s Square which marked by an Egyptian obelisk at its centre, there are two identical granite fountains measuring 8 m (26 ft) high. These grand fountains are works by Carlo Maderno (1613) and Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1675).

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Location: Vatican City

Nearby sights: St. Peter’s Basilica, La Pieta, Sistine Chapel

Nearby hotels: Colors Hotel, Few Steps From St. Peter, Hotel Cinquantatre

Top ten fountains in ItalyPantheon Fountain

Gracing the centre of Piazza della Rotonda in front of the Pantheon is a fountain designed by Giacomo della Porta in 1575 and sculpted by Leonardo Sormani. In 1711, Filipo Barignoni designed a new layout for the fountain at the request of Pope Clement XI, which included the addition of the mighty obelisk of Ramses II and four marble dolphins. In 1886, the original statues were replaced with copies and can now be seen in the Museum of Rome.

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Location: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome

Nearby sights: Colosseum, Borghese Gallery, Piazza Navona

Nearby hotels: Hotel Abruzzi, Pantheon Relais, Hotel Regno

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