|Part of the Fountain of Four Rivers
I was looking through some of my pictures from my trip to Rome in May and noticed just how many fountains I had come across in Rome. Rome has some 280 fountains! Almost every piazza has a fountain. All really beautiful works of art and each with a story of its own. They are quite simply an attraction you cannot miss out on when in Rome.
The rich history and culture of Rome, both past and old can be told through the many fountains found around the city. They were mainly used to convey and showcase the power and wealth of many Roman patrons with powerful influence and control over the city’s cultural heritage. The fountains also served as a way of bringing water into the city. To this day much of the fountain’s waters in Rome is drinkable with some people considering the water to have some sort of restorative properties.
So next time you are in Rome, don’t just head for the typical spots like the Colosseum and Trevi but wonder around the streets and watch the drama unfold before you with these beautifully sculptured fountains that tell tales of noble families, papacy and the legacy of the city. Seeing them requires very little effort as there are so many of them to see and what’s even nicer about this is that its FREE!!!
|Fountain of Four Rivers(also known as Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi)
|The Fountain of Moses(also called Fontana dell’Acqua Felice/Fontana del Mose)
Moses Fountain(1587) commemorating the opening of Acqua Felice. We passed this late in the evening to walk off the most amazing grilled steak I have ever tasted, apparently from Florence(its neck in neck with the Zambian T-Bone steak). The fountain of Moses is monumental in the Qirinale district. Designed by Domenico Fontana and marks the end of the Acqua Felice aqueduct. It features 3 arches and the Pope’s papal coat of arms.
|Fountain of Nymphs – Piazza della Repubblica/Fontana della Naiadi
|The Turtle Fountain(Fontane della Tartarughe)
Interesting fact: The term “ghetto” originated from the name of the Jewish quarter in Venice, established in 1516, in which the Venetian authorities compelled the city’s Jews to live. Various officials, ranging from local municipal authorities to the Austrian Emperor Charles V, ordered the creation of ghettos for Jews in Frankfurt, Rome, Prague, and other cities in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Have you come across any of these fountains in Rome? So which was your favourite fountain in Rome? Please share!
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