The most Curious Fountains in Rome

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  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Group size

    Up to 18 people

  • Hosted in

    English

Tour start at 10am

Tour End at 2pm

Tour Itinerary

  • Via di Ripetta
  • Via delle Cornacchie
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Via del Babbuino
  • Via dei Giardini
  • Via delle 4 Fontane
  • Via del Quirinale
  • Piazza di Porta Pia
  • Via 20 Settembre
  • Via Michelangelo Caetani
  • Via dei Funari
  • Ghetto Ebraico
  • Via del Teatro Marcello
  • Piazza Venezia

You will know for sure the extraordinary and grand fountains of the most famous squares in Rome, like Trevi Fountain, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Bernini, Barcaccia in piazza di Spagna… among the many others! Maybe you do not know that some interesting little fountains are spread all around the city, and they reveal the main characteristic of the district in which they are located. They are the Fontanelle Rionali: relatively recent works, all from about 1920, and all madeby the same artist: Pietro Lombardi.

Speaking Statues

The famous Statue Parlanti (Speaking Statues) were the means the population used, thanks to the subtle satire, to let the most powerful ones know about their discontent. Some of them also brought to the creation of particular fountains.

Frog Statues

Gino Coppedè was inspired by Bernini when he created the ingenious quarter that brings his name. As it often happens in Rome, where there is a square there also is a fountain: Coppedè invented one that was very similar to Bernini’s fountain, but he replaced Bernini’s turtles with frogs!

Fountains

The complex of Quattro Fontane was made under the pontificate of Sisto V, by the end of 1500, to highlight the important intersection on the Quirinale of Strada Pia (today it is via XXSettembre and del Quirinale) and Strada Felice (today via Quattro fontane and Sistina),opened by the Pope himself.

Sarcophagus Fountains

Given the prosperity of the remains of ancient Rome, very soon sarcophaguses (some of them splendidly decorated) began to be used as tanks for the fountains.

Piazza del Nazareno

In the Rome under the Pope the public fountain “beveratore” (which means watering place)was very important. It was especially used by thirsty horses, but it became fundamental for the people who lived there, who used that water to drink and for other daily necessities. An example of this kind of fountain can be well seen in piazza del Nazareno. On this fountain is portrayed a head of Buffalo, for the family that brought that name. Perhaps the most known fountain is the great work by Bernini, the Fontana delle Alpi, situated at the beginning of via Veneto.

Iconic type of drinking water Fountain

The last generation little fountains are called by the inhabitants of Rome “nasoni” (“big noses”) because of their peculiar shape. There are over 2500 in the city! They began to be made starting from the end of 1800 as free public fountains, and their only decorations were some heads of dragon that hosted the holes for the water, which were soon replaced by a metallic curved tube the name “big noses” refers to.

Turtle Fountain

The fountain is made of a square tank with rounded edges. In the middle of it there is a base with four seashells made of portasanta marble, which supports an amphora. The amphora also supports a round basin made of African gray marble with cherub little heads under the edges. The excess water overflows from the mouths of the cherubs. The entire structure lays on a step base.