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This piazza is another hidden jewel in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto. It takes the name from the patrician Mattei family, whose palace is adjacent to the Costaguti palace. The square is famous for the "Fontana delle Tartarughe" (Turtle Fountain).
There is nothing interesting about this square but the Turtle fountain by della Porta, adorned with statues of dolphins, shells and turtles - the last sculptured by Bernini. The square makes sense to be visited only if your path from or to Torre Argentina goes...More
Piazza Mattei is a lovely little piazza with a beautiful turtle fountain in the middle. It's a 16th century creation and obviously has a long history behind it. It is small and peaceful but there is no need to go out of your way to...More
On the square there is the famous Fontana delle Tartarughe, which is according a nice tale was built in one night. The other attractions is the Palazzo Mattei with a beautiful courtyard - full of statues.
It is a very small piazza and really the only redeeming feature is that it has a rather nice fountain and two good restaurants on it. Otherwise it is a rather small and rather plain space. Not worth going out of your way for.
One of the most beautiful fountains in Rome...and a hidden gem. The "Fontana delle Tartarughe" (The Turtle Fountain) goes back to the late Italian Renaissance. It was built between 1580 and 1588 by the architect Giacomo della Porta and the sculptor Taddeo Landini. The bronze...More
Piazza Mattei is a very small, quiet piazza, named after the Mattei family, a powerful part of Rome’s nobility from 11th century, with the height of their power being in the 16th century. Fontane delle Tartarughe/Turtle Fountain is at the heart of the piazza and...More
I've realized that I'm a fountain lover, so finding this little gem of a piazza was very nice! The highlight is obviously the Tortoise Fountain. I was on my way to Campo Dei Fiori and wanted to add this in to see, because, well...why not!...More
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
pulse of the neighbourhood, keeping company on the Via del Portico d’Ottavia. The Ghetto observes the traditional Jewish Shabbat: businesses close from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.