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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a small square in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto. In the centre of this square is the famous Fountain of Turtles. Worth a visit if in the area.

Thank nellielim
Reviewed June 27, 2018

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).

1  Thank lpMaggi713
Reviewed March 14, 2018

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

Thank 823milend
Reviewed October 22, 2017

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

1  Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed September 3, 2017

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.

2  Thank 545medva
Reviewed August 23, 2017

I wouldn't go out of my way to get here, but if you are in the area, the piazza has a nice fountain and some interesting ruins nearby.

Thank Hawkshoe
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank Elissa T
Reviewed April 21, 2017

Nice, small quiet square near Largo Di Torre Argentina and Ghetto. There is a very nice tortoise fountain in the square.

1  Thank Ogi0
Reviewed November 9, 2016

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

1  Thank Romanbiker
Reviewed November 5, 2016

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

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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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