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Trevi Fountain – Fontana Di Trevi, Fountain of the Boat – Fontana Della Barcaccia, Fountain of the Four Rivers – Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fountain of the Moor - La Fontana del Moro, Fountain of Neptune - Fontana del Nettuno, The Maderno Fountain The Bernini Fountain, The Big Fountain of the Janiculum - Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, Fountain Of Moses - Fontana Dell’acqua Felice and Fountain Of The Turtles - Fontana Delle Tartarughe.

A trip to the historical city wouldn't be complete without visiting some of the famous fountains in Rome that give it a distinct character. With over 2,000 functional and decorative fountains, Rome boasts the maximum number of fountains in the world. While some are ancient, others date back to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
 
Some of the fountains in Rome beautify the Eternal City, some have long provided water to the population, and some are outstanding works of art and craftsmanship. Trevi Fountain is Rome's largest fountain, and La Fontana del Moro, with a jumping dolphin, four Tritons, and a Moor figure, is an amazing sight. An Egyptian obelisk and four gods representing four continents adorn the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Fontana del Nettuno supplied water to the community for 300 years. The Maderno Fountain is a renovated ancient fountain, and the Bernini Fountain is a recreation of it. Whether functional or just an aesthetic sight, the fountains of Rome can satisfy the needs of travelers seeking beauty, culture and history.

Here are some of the Popular Fountains in Rome:

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Trevi Fountain – Fontana Di Trevi

  • The Trevi Fountain is an 18th-century fountain in Rome, reflecting the Baroque style and design.
  • With 26.3 meters in height and 49.15 meters in width, it is the city's largest Baroque fountain.
  • Throngs of tourists pour coins into this one of the famous fountains in Rome every day, believing that doing so will ensure their return to the city again one day.
  • The magnificent artwork is a spectacular sight to behold when softly lit at night.
 
Location: Trevi Square - 00187 Rome 

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Fountain of The Boat – Fontana Della Barcaccia

  • The Fontana della Barcaccia is one of the most famous Baroque-style fountains in Rome located at the base of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna.
  • Designed like a half-sunken ship, with water spilling over its sides and into a small basin, it offers a breathtaking sight to capture.
  • The fountain is a work of art by Pietro and his son Bernini that was inspired by a boat that landed in the middle of the Piazza after the floods in the river Tiber.
  • Water slowly flows from seven points on the fountain, giving a lovely calming sound.
 
Location: Piazza di Spagna Square - 00187 Rome

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Fountain of The Four Rivers – Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi

  • One of the most unmissable famous fountains in Rome is the Fountain of Four Rivers because of its splendid architecture and historical significance.
  • Located in the Piazza Navona, it was designed and constructed by Pietro Bernini in 1651.
  • It consists of a tall Egyptian-style obelisk surrounded by four Gods that stand in for the four continents where the Roman Catholic Church once held control.
  • The mighty waterways include the Nile River of Africa, the Danube River of Europe, the Ganges of Asia, and the Río de la Plata of the American continents.
 
Location: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM

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Fountain of The Moor - La Fontana Del Moro

  • Dating back to the 16th century, La Fontana del Moro is amongst the most famous fountains in Rome located in Piazza Navona and is a wonderful place to unwind.
  • It was created by a team of artists under the direction of Giacomo della Porta, who carved the dolphins, dragons, and tritons.
  • The statue of the Moor was placed in its center when Pope Innocent X ordered its renovation in the middle of the 17th century.
  • The statues that you see now are copies of the originals, which were relocated to the Galleria Borghese in 1874 for restoration purposes.

Location: Navona Square - 00186 Rome

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The Maderno Fountain

  • The Maderno fountain, located on the north side of the Piazza, was created to replace an earlier fountain to beautify the area in front of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Carlo Maderno renovated the earlier fountain by building a new octagonal foundation with a gigantic irregular basin ornamented with stairs and little columns.
  • The massive lower stone vasque of the earlier fountain was preserved, and four stone scrolls were added as embellishments to the pedestal above it.
  • After exploding from the top, the water flows downwards over the top of the upper vasque and creates a beautiful sight of sparkling droplets, enticing visitors and making it one of the most famous fountains in Rome.
 
Location: St. Peter's Square

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Fountain of Neptune - Fontana Del Nettuno

  • Fontana del Nettuno is one of the most famous fountains in Rome that has long been used to provide water to city dwellers.
  • It was earlier known as the Fontana dei Calderari due to its location adjacent to an area housing blacksmith and metal workshops.
  • Giacomo Della Porta constructed this fountain in 1574 which provided water to the neighborhood for 300 years.
  • The fountain was embellished in the 19th century with the enormous statue of Neptune wrestling an octopus by Antonio Della Bitta and sculptures of the Cupids, walruses, and the Nereids by Gregorio Zappalà, making it more artistic and attractive.
 
Location: Piazza del Nettuno, 40124 Bologna 

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The Bernini Fountain

  • One of the famous fountains in Rome, the Bernini fountain was set in the southern section of the St. Peter's Square, following a decade in which Pope Clement X hired Gian Lorenzo Bernini to create a second fountain that closely resembled the Maderno fountain.
  • A couple of the ornate patterns and the dolphins in the base, set this fountain apart from the original Maderno fountain.
  • The Roman fountain at Peterhof in Russia (1720) and the Fontaines de la Concorde in the Place de la Concorde in Paris (1840) were also designed after these Fountains of St. Peter's Square, establishing them as marvelous pieces of art.
 
Location: St. Peter's Square

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The Big Fountain of The Janiculum - Fontana Dell’Acqua Paola

  • Constructed to mark the end of the Trajan Aqueduct, the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola is one of the largest fountains in Rome and a significant historical landmark.
  • The fountain sits above the large terrace overlooking the city and is reminiscent of the triumphal arch from ancient Rome.
  • The fountain has five archways, columns on either side, a massive pediment with a dedicatory inscription, and multiple dragons and eagles that add to its allure.
  •  Additional decorative features that heighten the fountain's attractiveness include red and gray columns from St. Peter's Basilica, the Temple of Minerva, and the Roman Forum, as well as white and multicolored marble.
 
Location: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi - 00153 Roma

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Fountain Of Moses - Fontana Dell’acqua Felice

  • The Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, a massive fountain in Rome's Quirinale district, marks the end of the Acqua Felice aqueduct, which was restored by Pope Sixtus V.
  • The presence of a massive Moses figure and angels holding the papal coat of arms brought a unique touch to the fountain, which was Rome's first new fountain since antiquity.
  • Water flows from the statues into basins with four lions spouting water, representing how the Catholic Church served the citizens of Rome at the time.
  • It also contributed to the transformation of the Quirinal neighborhood into a vibrant urban community by providing drinking water.
 
Location: Piazza di S. Bernardo, 00185 Roma RM

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Fountain Of The Turtles - Fontana Delle Tartarughe

  • One of the most famous fountains in Rome associated with Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Fontana Delle Tartarughe is a spectacular sight to visit and spend some time with.
  • Designed in 1580 by Giacomo della Porta and Taddeo Landini, two renowned architects, it was renovated several times and Bernini’s turtles were added in 1658.
  • The centerpiece of cream marble with blue iridescence and the man figures riding dolphins holding it up are extremely impressive, and the small turtles are additional highlights.
  • The turtles on the real fountain are copies of the originals, which are stored in the Musei Capitolini due to the threat of theft.
 
Location: Piazza Mattei, 00186 Roma RM

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  1. What are the most famous fountains in Rome?

    • Trevi Fountain
    One of the most famous fountains in Rome, it features a sizable pool underneath the statues and symbolizes the taming of the waters. Travertine stone, mythical statues, and water running into the pool beneath make for a pleasant spectacle.

    • Fontana Della Barcaccia
    It is one of many Bernini fountains of Rome that not only captivate visitors with their exquisite architecture but also have significant historical significance. It is situated at the base of the Spanish Steps and resembles a sunken boat.

    • Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
    A beautiful attraction in Piazza Navona, this fountain from the mid-17th century impresses with its design of a tall obelisk in Egyptian style flanked by four Gods. The Nile, the Ganges, the Rio de la Plata, and the Danube rivers, which run in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, are represented by these Gods.

    • La Fontana del Moro: Another one of the most famous fountains in Rome located in Piazza Navona, it features the Moor statue, the rose marble basin, dragons, dolphins, and tritons. The structure makes for a stunning sight to admire when the surroundings are lit and the atmosphere is lively after dusk.
  2. Why is the Trevi Fountain so famous?

    Trevi Fountain is famous for being one of the most iconic 18th-century monuments and fountains in Rome. Its breathtaking depictions of ancient gods and frescoes lure many tourists, but its legend that claims anyone who tosses coins into its waters will return to Rome, or fall in love with an attractive Italian entices even more people.
  3. Where is the fountain of love in Rome?

    The fountain of love, Fontanella degli Innamorati, is adjacent to the Trevi Fountain, on its right side and is also known for its aesthetic beauty. This fountain can be easily located at the heart of an ancient legend. It is renowned as the fountain of love because of various folklores that state lovers who drink water from this fountain will be forever devoted and united.
  4. What is the most beautiful fountain in Rome?

    The Trevi Fountain is one of the most beautiful fountains in the world and a prime example of Italian Baroque. Several sculptures, including the well-known statue of Oceanus, two nooks, a carriage in the shape of a shell drawn by two seahorses, two tritons, and a sizable basin that symbolizes the sea makes it more mesmerizing to witness.
  5. Do I need a ticket for the Trevi Fountain?

    No, tickets are not required to visit the Trevi Fountain. It is outdoors and requires no entry fee. You can visit Trevi, one of the popular fountains in Rome any time of the year and marvel at its magnificence. If you are on a guided tour, you may also learn about its fascinating history.
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