Fontana delle Tartarughe
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- 73%Local Culture
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- Fontana delle TartarugheCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofArt & Design LoversLocal CultureFoodies+ 4First to Review
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.Recommended for:
- Fontana delle TartarugheMember ofArt & Design LoversLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs
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.Recommended for:
- Fontana delle TartarugheMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
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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Aliases: Fountain of the Turtles