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. Arrange your visit to Fontana del Nettuno and discover more family-friendly attractions in Bologna using our Bologna travel route builder site .
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  • It is the emblem of Bologna if you take a guided tour of the city, the guide will show you perhaps the different point of view that we have of the statue since the "stone of shame"
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  • Legend has it that the sculptor has gone too far with penis size of Neptune and was forced to reduce its size. The same legend says that there is a tile of a different color on the cobblestones to see Neptune as if it had not been "reduced". This is what my guide!
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  • Last time we were in Bologna this was covered in scaffolding but now it can be seen in its full glory and it is very impressive and a good view for the city  more »
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  • If you're sight seeing in Bologna you won't miss this. I like this Fountain of Neptune better than the one in Florence. Its a great place to have a sit, plan you're route or take in the piazza, although, you can't really see the majority of the square from here. You're also very close to the towers here. Great place to get pictures day or night.
  • Great meeting point in the center. Every time I go to the fountain I notice more details.
  • Unfortunately is under conservation right now. (As of 23rd November 2017 anyway). The city has placed some great information about the restoration and the sculpture itself on the outside of the work. You can even do a tour of the restoration process everyday from 10AM!
  • Mmmm... OK? This fountain is a Medici family commision from their "oh we are so secular, so independent from the church time". Good old female objectification. #sweet
  • One of the symbols of bologna. Beautiful fountain... just couple of steps from Piazza Majore.
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