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Fontana delle Tartarughe, Rome

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  • In piazza Mattei in Rome, in the rione Sant'Angelo, there is one of the most beautiful fountains, the fountain of the turtles. It is said that it was built in a short time-according to legend, during one night-based on a design by architect and sculptor Giacomo Della Porta, a pupil of Michelangelo and then by Vignola, in 1581. Taddeo Landini, of Florentine origin, he executed the sculptures of the ephebes soaring by four shells that rests her foot on dolphins and raise your arms to help turtles to enter the upper basin, opera, this design includes fervent Tuscan Renaissance. The turtles, added later in the year 1658, were attributed by tradition to Bernini and are a successful completion of the work carried out during the restoration of the 1658/59, under the pontificate of Alexander VII (1655-67), who is remembered by inscriptions on the four title blocks of marble. During the slow passing of the years, the turtles were repeatedly stolen and then recovered, or delivered by people who accidentally came into possession. The powerful Mattei family belonged to the oldest nucleus of the Roman aristocracy, much to boast of in the family of origin as many as eight Cardinals, one of whom became Pope under the name of innocent II. Others, however, would derive the lineage from anagnina family of Gregory IX. Had to Blazon a checkerboard of silver and blue with a gold stripe that runs through it. Note to the violent infighting in the family and always sticking to the Papacy, reached maximum power and wealth in the early 16th century. 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 built over 150 years and belonged to the powerful family of Mattei. A jewel of the eternal city that still retains its former glory.
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  • For lovers of the series the location where they turn the scene of the killing of Cold hands of Donatella ... Excluding this step a beautiful Fountain
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  • It seems that the Duke wanted to demonstrate to his beloved father Mattei to be a powerful man, by erecting the beautiful fountain in front of his Windows within a single night. The sculptures of the four children raising their arms to help the turtles to enter the upper basin are attributed to Taddeo Landini, while the turtles were added in 1658 by Bernini.
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  • Nice fountain, small and unique. It was great we crossed with it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of my favourite fountains in Rome in a quiet(er) area. Well worth the visit
  • One of the best fountains in Rome