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Fontana delle Tartarughe

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Fontana delle Tartarughe, or The Turtles' Fountain, is one of the Renaissance's little gems.
Piazza Mattei, Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

When I lived in Rome as a teenager, this was one of my favorite fountains in Rome. There was something whimsical about it then and still today. TheTurtle Fountain was built by Taddeo Landini between 1581-1588. The fountain is considered one of Rome's finest, and...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This is a beautiful fountain near the Largo di Torre Argentina and Jewish Ghetto adorned with turtles placed there by Bernini. It's very charming!

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Fontana delle Tartarughe is a small fountain near to largo Di Torre Argentina. The fountain had been built in the 16th century with four men standing on a fish with turtles lying above them. Quite interesting but easily missed out during the visit to the...More

Reviewed 7 June 2018

This is a nice small fountain that was built in the 16th century. Bernini added the turtles to it. It can be easily overlooked for the more grander fountains in Rome.

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Situated half way between Largo Di Torre Argentina and Piazza Venezia is this complex little fountain with four men each standing on a fish, and turtles outstretched above them. It was a nice little diversion in the middle of a quaint piazza.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

If you want to visit Portico di Ottavia and Marcello's Theater you can have a little visit in this square near a few of meters that show you a wonderfull fountain very pretty and fine

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

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 Porta and the turtles later added by Bernini. Apart from...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

A small square with a small fountain with turtles. Not a major sight but if you are nearby, you may want to appreciate it. Constructed around 1588.

Thank Karsten K
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Really a cute, still functioning fountain built 1581-88 byGiacomo Della Porta. Star of the show, the turtles that are climbing into it. It's a nice surprise when you walk into the Piazza after visiting part of the nearby Jewish quarter.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

This fountain is served by the same aqueduct that reached the Trevi fountain in 1570. Located within a small courtyard-style piazza on the edge of the Jewish ghetto. The turtles were actually added during an early restoration, and may have been originally made by Bernini....More

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The mini-neigbourhood Ghetto holds tight to its
reputation as a stand-alone area thanks to its nearly
300-year history as the home to Rome’s Jewish
community. Times changed in the 20th century, but the
tiny area still retains its mix of tradition,
community, and history. Ancient and medieval
architectural design frames apartments, bakeries,
shops, and restaurants. Friends and families are the
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