Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere Fountain

The fountain in the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is considered to be the oldest monumental fountain in the city. Its present version is the work of Bramante, though famous artists like Carlo Fontana and Bernini made later additions.

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Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle Fountain Rome

The early 17th century fountain in the Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle is one of Rome‘s most centrally located fountains, in front of the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Trasportina, just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and near the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

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Fountain of the Four Rivers Rome

The Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) is the most famous one of the three fountains that embellish the Piazza Navona in Rome, the other two being the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Moor.

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Fontana della Barcaccia Rome

The Fontana della Barcaccia (“Fountain of the Old Boat” or “Fountain of the Ugly Boat”) can be found at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, right in the middle of the Piazza di Spagna.

Fontana della Barcaccia Rome

It is a baroque water fountain in the shape of an old boat (hence the name “barcaccia“). The motif was chosen when an old boat was left behind when the water had receded after the Tiber had flooded (as often happened before the walls around this river were constructed).

The fountain was built by the two Bernini‘s, father Pietro and son Gian Lorenzo. The work, which had been commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, was completed in 1627.

After a restoration that took more or less one entire year, as of September 22, 2014, the Fontana della Barcaccia can again be admired in all its splendor. Only a couple of months later a bunch of Feyenoord football hooligans damaged the fountain and a new restoration was necessary.

Piazza di Spagna – Rome

Acqua Paola Fountain Rome

The Fontana dell’Aqua Paola is one of the most impressive fountains in Rome. It was built on the slope of the Janiculum Hill in the Trastevere district. For people who have seen the Italian movie La Grande Bellezza, the fountain is seen in the film’s opening scenes, when the Asian tourist has a heart attack.

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Fountain of the Books

The Fountain of the Books (Fontanella dei Libri) was built close to the Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza University in the center of Rome. The fountain was designed by Pietro Lombardi, who had been assigned to construct various fountains for a number of districts.

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Fountain of the Dioscuri Rome (Piazza del Quirinale)

The Fountain of the Dioscuri is located in the Piazza del Quirinale in the center Rome. It consists of two enormous statues of the Dioscuri and their horses, plus the Quirinal Obelisk. The monument is also known as the Monte Cavallo Fountain.

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