Top 16 Most Famous Interesting and Beautiful Fountains In Rome
Updated 11/20/2023 6:26 PM By Guo, Judy
In Rome, fountains are an integral part of city life and a symbol of cultural heritage. YouFine would take you through the streets of Rome, discovering the breathtaking beauty of fountains. From monumental fountains from ancient Roman times to exquisite sculptures from the Renaissance period, each fountain has its own unique story and meaning. Whether you prefer classical styles or modern art, Rome’s fountains would bring you endless surprises and aesthetic pleasure.
By appreciating these spectacular artworks, you would gain a deeper understanding of Rome’s history and culture. Let’s explore these 16 most interesting and beautiful fountains, and choose the style of marble and bronze fountains you love. YouFine would perfectly replicate these famous fountains according to your requirements. These historically rich fountains would also become the perfect focal point for your estate and garden, adding a touch of magic and charm to your living environment.
Top 1 Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is a marble fountain designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. It is one of the most famous fountains in the world, standing at 26.3 meters (86 feet) high and 49.15 meters (161.3 feet) wide. The Trevi Fountain is a grand and magnificent marble fountain, beautifully designed. It is located in front of a building facade, with a colossal statue of the sea god Neptune at the center of the fountain, riding on a sea horse. Behind Neptune are two mighty sea god figures, representing the power and mystery of the ocean.
The top of the fountain features a semi-circular arch structure with layers of relief decorations depicting various mythological and historical scenes. On either side of this structure, there are magnificent marble statues representing abundance and health. Water flows from the bottom pool of the fountain, creating a multi-level cascading effect. The pool is surrounded by numerous sculptures and detailed decorations, adding to the beauty and artistic atmosphere of the fountain. The scale of the entire fountain is grand, giving a sense of spectacle and solemnity.
Top 2 Fontana della Barcaccia
Fontana della Barcaccia is a Baroque-style fountain built on August 29, 1629. It was constructed as part of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s plan to build fountains on every major square in Rome. The fountain was completed by Pietro between 1627 and 1629, possibly commissioned by his son Pietro Bernini when building the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) for Pope Urban VIII.
This sculptural fountain takes the shape of a half-sunken ship, with water overflowing from both sides of the boat into a small basin. The water source comes from the ancient aqueduct Acqua Vergine, dating back to 19 BC. Due to the lower water pressure from the aqueduct, Bernini designed the fountain slightly below street level. Water flows from seven fountain points in the central railing. Inside the boat, there are two sun-shaped faces, while outside the boat, there are four figures.
Top 3 Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, or the Fountain of the Four Rivers, is located in the Piazza Navona. The base of the fountain is a basin, from which travertine rock rises in the center, supporting four river gods. Above the river gods, there is a replica of an Egyptian obelisk, adorned with the coat of arms of the Pamphili family, as well as sculptures of doves and olive branches.
This fountain symbolizes four important rivers from four continents, representing the authority spread by the Pope through these rivers. The Nile represents Africa, the Danube represents Europe, the Ganges represents Asia, and the Rio de la Plata represents the Americas. Together, these symbols showcase the Pope’s influence on a global scale.
Overall, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is a symbolic fountain that highlights the connections and exchanges between different continents and cultures through its sculptures and decorations. It is one of the main attractions in Piazza Navona, capturing the attention of many tourists and art enthusiasts.
Top 4 Fountain of the Pantheon
Fontana del Pantheon, commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII, is located in the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, right in front of the Pantheon. The fountain was designed by Giacomo Della Porta in 1575 and carved out of marble. However, in 1711, Pope Clement XI requested modifications to the fountain. The central part of the fountain is adorned with four dolphins.
The obelisk also underwent a new layout design, including a different stone basin. In 1886, the original marble statues were removed and replaced with replicas by Luigi Amici. The originals could now be seen in the museums of Rome. Additionally, the Fountain of the Three Rivers (Robba Fountain) was created by Francesco Robba and is located in the Town Square of Ljubljana. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the city.
Top 5 Fontana del Tritone
Fontana del Tritone is a 17th-century fountain in Rome, designed by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and is located in Piazza Barberini, near the entrance of the Barberini Palace (now the National Gallery). It needs to be distinguished from the Fountain of the Tritons in the square of Bocca della Verità, which features two Triton sculptures nearby.
The design of the fountain includes two Tritons with bees on their tails. Surrounding the dolphins on the Barberini coat of arms, crossed keys and the papal tiara are depicted. The dolphins raise them to their lips and spout a jet of water (although the water level used to be much higher in the past). On the base of the fountain, four seashells kneel on a large shell, from which the sea god emerges. His head is tilted back, and his arms depict a muscular sea god holding a merman, known as Triton, from ancient Greek-Roman mythology. This merman Triton stands in the center of the fountain and is larger than life-size.
Top 6 Fontana delle Tartarughe
Fontana delle Tartarughe is a fountain located in the Sant’Angelo district of Rome, Italy, belonging to the Late Renaissance architecture. It was built between 1580 and 1588 by architect Giacomo della Porta and sculptors.
The upper part of the fountain is a basin surrounded by bronze turtles. The original design plan was to place four bronze dolphins on the upper fountain, supported by the upraised hands of four young men. However, due to low water pressure, these four dolphins were later removed. Like all Renaissance fountains, Fontana delle Tartarughe was intended to provide drinking water for the residents of Rome.
Top 7 Fountain of Acqua Paola
Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, also known as Il Fontanone or Mostra dell’Acqua Paola, is a significouldt and commemorative fountain. It is located on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, near the Church of San Pietro in Montorio. The fountain was built in 1612, marking the endpoint of the Acqua Paola aqueduct restored by Pope Paul V, and named after him. It is the first major fountain on the right bank of the Tiber River. The shape of Fontana dell’Acqua Paola served as inspiration for the later Trevi Fountain.
Top 8 Fountain of Neptune
In Piazza Navona, the scene of Neptune battling a giant octopus is set against the magnificent architecture of the Sant’Agnese in Agone Church, designed by Francesco Borromini. This fountain is located on the northern side of Piazza Navona and is the least famous among the three fountains in the square. Originally, the basin was designed by Giacomo della Porta in 1574 as a facility for drinking water. It was not until the 1870s, almost 300 years later, that the fountain was given this dramatic scene of liquid combat.
The centerpiece of the fountain is the sculpture of the sea god Neptune created by Antonio della Bitta, who is depicted battling a giant octopus. Next to him, Gregorio Zappala added a horse with hooves splashing on the water’s surface and a sea nymph gazing upon this battle.
Top 9 Fontana dei Libri
In Rome, one of our favorite lesser-known fountains is the Fontana dei Libri (Fountain of Books), located near Piazza Navona, just a few steps away. This fountain was designed by Pietro Lombardi in 1927 and is one of the most modern fountains on our list, paying homage to the San Eustachio district, known as a center of historical learning. In the 1300s, Rome’s first university, La Sapienza, was established here. The deer head at the center of the fountain represents the legend of Saint Eustace, a hunter to whom Christ conveyed a message disguised as a deer.
Top 10 Fontana delle Api
Fontana delle Api is a fountain sculpted in April 1644, located at the entrance of Via Veneto into Piazza Barberini. The fountain was built as a tribute to the Pope, and the artist depicted bees on the fountain, symbolizing the Barberini family’s coat of arms. Fontana delle Api consists of a double-shell made of marble, with three bees made of marble perched on the shell. The original purpose of this fountain was to serve as a drinking trough for horses. The shell is engraved with the words “Urban VIII Pont.” After constructing a fountain for the public decoration of the city, a smaller fountain was also built to serve private citizens.
Top 11 Fontana del Moro
Fontana del Moro is a fountain located at the southern end of Piazza Navona in Rome. It depicts a marine scene, with a Moorish or Africould figure (possibly originally Neptune) wrestling with a dolphin in a seashell, surrounded by four sea gods. Originally, the fountain was designed by Giacomo della Porta in the 1570s, and later contributed to by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 1650s. Bernini carved a large-scale clay model for Giovanni Antonio Mari to reference when sculpting the final figures. In the design of the fountain, there are four water jets between the four sea gods, spouting water from their mouths. On either side of each water jet, there is a pair of dolphins, with a dragon behind them. The entire fountain is placed in a basin made of rose-colored marble.
Top 12 Quattro Fontane
Quattro Fontane is a group of four late Renaissance fountains installed between 1588 and 1593. They were commissioned by Muzio Mattei and received support from Pope Sixtus V. These four fountains are located at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome. It is said that one of the fountains represents an oak tree in front of the Tiber River, with the addition of the symbol of Rome, the she-wolf. The second fountain represents the River Arno. The female figures in the other two fountains are believed to represent the goddess Diana, symbolizing chastity and strength, or possibly the rivers Juno. The fountains for the Arno, Tiber, and Juno rivers were designed by Domenico Fontana, while the Diana fountain was designed by the painter and architect Pietro da Cortona.
Top 13 Fountains of the Naiads
Fontana delle Naiadi is a stunning fountain located at the center of Piazza della Repubblica, a large circular intersection often bustling with hectic traffic. The fountain itself is incredibly beautiful and has a history dating back to 1901 when it was first unveiled, causing quite a sensation due to its representation of the beautiful water nymphs, the Naiads, and their “natural” beauty. In the center of the fountain, there is a statue of Glaucus holding a dolphin, symbolizing humanity’s dominion over nature.
Top 14 Fountain of the Frogs
The Frog Fountain is an adorable fountain located in Rome’s Coppede district, known for its whimsical fairytale-like architecture. Paying homage to the previously mentioned Turtle Fountain in both name and style, this fountain possesses a similar charm and appeal. When exploring this enchanting area, the Frog Fountain is definitely worth a visit.
Top 15 Fontana del Mascherone
Fontana del Mascherone is something that would make you fall in love with Rome all over again! Interestingly, this fountain is located on the charming Via Giulia and represents a big face that spouts water. While not the only one in Rome, its unexpected and amusing nature makes it a must-visit spot. According to historical records, the fountain was built by the Farnese family on top of ancient Roman ruins and, on a day in 1720, offered free drinks to celebrate the nomination of Antonio Zondadori as the new Grand Master of the Knights of Malta.
Top 16 Fontana della Pigna
Fontana della Pigna is located in Rome, Italy. It now adorns a large niche on the Vaticould City walls, facing the Pigna Courtyard. This fountain is made up of a massive bronze pinecone, standing at nearly four meters tall, which used to spout water from the top. The Pigna originally stood near the Pantheon, adjacent to the Temple of Isis. During the medieval period, it was moved to the courtyard of the old St. Peter’s Basilica and then relocated to its current position in 1608.
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