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Fontana delle Tartarughe

Piazza Mattei, Rome 00186 Italy
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    Not the grandest of fountains, but it's cute. There's a nice energy here, complemented nicely with Piazza Mattei's laid-back vibe. It's not all hustle and bustle like the other piazze. Take a seat by the fountain and watch the boys play.

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    One of the great things about Rome is walking in an area with traditional narrow streets which never seem to go far without bending, then suddenly you come across a fantastic fountain. The Fontana delle Tartarughe or Fountain of the Tortoises is one of the many fountains bringing potable water to Romans. It was originally designed without any tortoises, the dominant motif are dolphins and young men. There is some belief that Bernini was the sculptor for the tortoises which were added later.

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    It's a petit square, nothing special at first sight, but you will not be able to escape the fascination of the fountain and the water splashing gently over and on the stone turtles, while casually the Romans will be standing there around it and pedestrian traffic will go in all directions, especially towards the neighboring Jewish Ghetto. A romantic spot and a little world itself.

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Built for love by a broke man, it should please you that the Duke of Mattei, who commissioned the work to artist Taddeo Landini in the 16th century, got the girl. Four young boys are seen frolicking in this fountain in Piazza Mattei. It was likely Bernini who later added the turtles over 70 years after the fountain's original construction.

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Aliases: Fountain of the Turtles