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Fontana delle Tartarughe

Piazza Mattei, Rome, Italy
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Fontana delle Tartarughe, or The Turtles' Fountain, is one of the Renaissance's little gems.
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Piazza Mattei, Rome, Italy
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"turtle fountain"
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"lovely fountain"
in 6 reviews
"upper basin"
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"gian lorenzo bernini"
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"jewish ghetto"
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"capitoline museums"
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"piazza navona"
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"dolphins"
in 11 reviews
"landini"
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"sacchi"
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"aqueduct"
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"restoration"
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"bronze"
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"fortuna"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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

Thank Julie W
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Fontana delle Tartarughe is another lovely fountain in Rome. The city is full of fountains and they are all really nice. It is hard to distinguish between them! This one is a really beautiful fountain and if you are in the area pay it a...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Built between 1580 and 1588, by the architect Giacomo della Porta and the sculptor Taddeo Landini, this fountain channels water from ancient Rome's Acqua Vergine acqueduct and was the lifeline of its immediate neighborhood for centuries after its construction. The bronze turtles around the upper...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We yet again stumbled on this by accident in a rather scruffy little square a tad off the beaten track. I have to admit that the fountain is rather attractive composition - four bronze youths each resting their foot on the head of a dolphin....More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The late Renaissance La Fontana delle Tartarughue or Turtle Fountain occupies a portion of Piazza Mattei and was designed by Giacomo della Porta, who also designed the two fountains flanking both ends of the Piazza Navona. This fountain morphed into different shapes including dolphins that...More

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community, and history. Ancient and medieval
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