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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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Reviewed 6 days ago 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.

Thank Chinapjs
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 The turtles were actually added during an early restoration, and may have been originally made by Bernini....More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
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

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 4 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

Thank Andy B
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

Thank Evets54
Reviewed 28 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

Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Not the most amazing of Rome's fountains but in a quieter Piazza and the kids really loved it. Plenty of restaurants near by to combine with a meal in the area.

Thank Matvl
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Small quirky little fountain in the back streets of Rome. met here at the start of the food tour I went on. Interesting fact - the turtles were supposed to be dolphins, but the water pressure wasn't strong enough..... hence the turtles. charming but not...More

Thank Nigelandsusan
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Nice little fountain with remarkable turtles, located on the piazza Matei. In directories wrote that was made by Bernini

Thank Ogi0
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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