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Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The great fountain of Neptune is ill and to save her is an ongoing restoration project which aims to bring back the fountain to its former glory by restoring all the nozzles (38) and water features. It's a very special fountain because it is rare to see a fountain of bronze and marble. Under Pope Pius IV was made possible thanks to the collaboration between the architect Thomas Laird and the sculptor Jean de Boulogne (known as Giambologna) to symbolize the grandeur and the "purity" of the Papal Government. In fact the waters that gushed from the fountain were clean and pure water at a time when clean water was a rare good and valuable. Since being restored, the fountain is covered by a structure that allows guided tours, to see up close. I can assure you that the visit is not only interesting, but exciting! The Giant's face, the intense expression, is truly addictive and every single detail of the fountain contains a history and symbolism to discover.
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  • My husband and I recently visited Bologna, Italy. The statue of Neptune is at the center of the city and an important sculpture to see. Unfortunately, it is being restored and was not visible under al...  read more »
  • Unfortunately monument is being restored so not available to view for another several months. A pity for us to miss out. 
  • The Neptun Brunnen is absolutly amazing!! I really love the City of Bologna ♡ And can't wait to see the city again!! Much love Cornelia Daria Bucher
  • Troppo bella!
  • A very beautiful fountain!
  • Nice place with great view of a whole old town
  • its a place where past meet present i mean in between historicbuildings you see a lots of young boys girls enjoyng
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