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Fontana delle Tartarughe, Rome

Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
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  • Masterpiece of grace and elegance in a square (mattei) collection and (incredibly) quiet. Numerous and successive contributions of different artists that gave birth to a work of joyful refinement. Very happy example of successful teamwork. To enjoy in ecstatic contemplation.
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  • Don't have to make a detour, but if you pass by, stop and wonder over the strange design. It is a bit hard to find, but get a map and just enter the narrow streets of the ghetto. 
  • On our prior Rome trip, had received recommendations from Rome residents to visit the Turtle Fountain as a marvelous example on inner city space utilization. With this visit, simply had to see it agai...  read more »
  • Beautiful small piazza with a nice small fountain. We actually stayed at an apartment really close to this fountain, which was a great location and all the popular sights were easily accessible.
  • One of my favorite fountains in Rome. Small, personal, and sweet. And an incredible work of art. First off, the central figures are made from bronze, which would have cost some serious lira back in the 17th century. The pedestal is made from gorgeous veined marble. As I understand it, the figures originally held up dolphins, which were supposed to spout water, but the water pressure (from a reconstructed ancient aqueduct) was insufficient and the dolphins were removed. The best guess is that the turtles - which are the surprising bit of whimsy - were added later to make up for the loss of the dolphins. GREAT idea. This brings a smile to the most hardened of hearts. I always come here after first visiting the Pantheon, the Elephant and Obelisk statue, the Torre Argentina - and its huge population of cats, living amid the ancient temples - all of them in a straight line. The Piazza Mattei is frequently very quiet and still, and it's a fantastic place to visit late at night, when Rome is sleepy. For the romantic in you.
  • One of my favourite fountains in Rome in a quiet(er) area. Well worth the visit
  • My grandparents found this fountain on their wanderings many many years ago, so it is wonderful to discover it personally. Its a good example of a quiet but beautiful square in Rome.
  • Stunning little fountain in the middle of a typical Roman square. the fine details make it especially charming
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