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Fontana delle Tartarughe, Rome

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  • In the rione Sant'Angelo, there is one of the most beautiful fountains, the fountain of the turtles, opera, this design includes fervent Tuscan Renaissance. It is said that it was built during one night, back in 1581. During the slow passing of the years, the turtles were repeatedly stolen and then recovered, or delivered by people who accidentally came into possession. Close your eyes now, and try to imagine what was once the unique scenery of the square with the fountain of the turtles in the Center and the five noble palaces around belonged to the powerful noble family in which the square is named. A jewel of the eternal city that still retains its former glory.
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  • It is a small work of art tucked away in a corner of Rome. So hidden that it has few hours of Sun in winter. Spend a while. Thank God there isn't much vandal in Rome.
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  • I found this fountain uninteresting - in a city with so many fountains and squares, this little fountain in the small piazza Mattei did not make big impression on me, despite being built by della Port...  more »
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  • Seeing this fountain has to be the best experience I've ever had during my life. It opened my mind to new ideas, so now I want to become the best turtle lifter in existence.
  • Small charming fountain on the edge of the Jewish ghetto. Interestingly enough the turtles were added later. Originally there were dolphins that were then removed because the water pressure wasn't strong enough. Then it looked out of balance and they added the turtles. Some say it was Bernini. I say it's charming. Very few tourists.
  • A gem to find while walking and exploring Rome.
  • Be sure to check out the former "Jewish ghetto" next to it. They have great food and an old tradition.
  • Nice fountain but impossible to shoot good pictures due to the mass of people.

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