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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 January 2013

I loved this little fountain near the Jewish Ghetto. There were no crowds so you could really appreciate what you are seeing. Definitely read about it before you go. Well worth a stop if it is near where you are.

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Reviewed 7 May 2015

For those who enjoy fountains, you might want to make your way to small Piazza Mattei to see the small but charming Fontane delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain) built here between 1580 to 1588 by Giacomo della Porta and Taddeo Landini. The fountain, featuring four ephebes,...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2018

This fountain featuring a Turtle being held up by the hands of sculpted people on the rim of the fountain drew our attention in this city of fountains. There is an interesting story to it which I will lets you discover for yourselves

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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great little fountain that we found walking from the Pantheon to Colosseum, lovely Architecture and a bonus it wasn’t surrounded by tourists.

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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 26 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 12 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 15 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 12 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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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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