30 April 2008

The Turtle fountain - in Rome

I was quite prepared to fall in love with Fontana delle Tartarughe, having read about it in the guide books, and I was not disappointed.

I think it helped that we made it our first port of call of the day and so we saw it fresh and without too many other people around. It's a charming small fountain, tucked away down the backstreets in Piazza Mattei, in the area known as the Jewish Ghetto.

It was commissioned by the Mattei family in 1581 and was designed by Giacomo della Porta but sculpted under his direction by Taddeo Landini.

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