Fountain of Neptune, Rome

Fountain of Neptune, Rome

Most of Rome’s important fountains were dedicated to the mythological water gods and nymphs in thanks to the fresh water that arrived in the city via the aqueducts. The Fountain of Neptune on the north end of Piazza Navona is a fine example of this custom. The ancient Aqua Virgo Aqueduct was repaired in 1453 and by 1570 a large number of pipes from it carried water to various parts of the city. The number of public fountains in any area was in consequence to the size of the area’s population and Piazza Navona was a highly populated area, as its three fountains testify.

The Fountain of Neptune was commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII in 1574 and constructed by Giacomo della Porta. The lower basin is made of white marble, the upper basin out of Pietrasanta marble. When it was built, the fountain had no statue as at that time only fountains in private gardens were richly adorned, while the public ones were strictly utilitarian. In the 19th century public fountains lost their importance as fresh water suppliers as interior plumbing became possible. However they remained as a sort of “status symbol” and in 1878 Antonio della Bitta and Gregorio Zappala won a competition to add statues to the fountain. Della Bitta sculpted the centerpiece of Neptune fighting with an octopus and Zappala sculpted the Nereids, cupids and walruses.
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Sight Name: Fountain of Neptune
Sight Location: Rome, Italy (See walking tours in Rome)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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