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Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna
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The crown jewel of the Piazza Nettuno, Fontana del Nettuno is a monumental fountain topped with a bronze likeness of Neptune, the god of the sea. The fountain's lack of attention to geometric forms reflects the Mannerist style of the mid-16th century, which was brought to fruition by designer Tommaso Laureti. Before you head to Bologna, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bologna family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Bologna has to offer, including Fontana del Nettuno.
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  • At the moment our giant is under treatment: they're renovating and is a good time to visit as the yard surrounding it can be visited. I recommend booking this guided tour which cost only 5 euros but is really interesting. You can finally see the giant's eyes and a friendly guide will tell you about his story.
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  • At the center of piazza del Nettuno is the Fontana del Nettuno ECJ the Bolognese named the giant because the statue of the God marino weighs 22 tons. Legend has it that before an important exam the student who wishes to have the luck on his side must turn twice counterclockwise around the fountain, like Giambologna swung around the pedestal reflecting on the project to build a Neptune.
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  • Impossible not to notice the fountain of Neptune, one of the main symbols of the city. It is situated right in the Centre, in the main square (Piazza Maggiore). Board of pausing to look at the details of the statue!
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  • Didn't get to see it because it was completely covered in scaffolding for restoration work in July 2016.
  • Under restoration. Completely hidden under scaffolding.
  • Awesome view, but the fountain was under works
  • Truly a wonderful city, filled with many historic sites and monuments!
  • One of the symbol of Bologna! Make a selfie with it.