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Fabulous Fountains Tour

Stunningly beautiful marble masterpieces and historical squares
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Visitors can count on finding a great number of fountains in Rome. They run the gamut from Renaissance masterpieces that gracefully... more »

Tips:  Popes gave Rome most of its fountains in the 16th and 17th centuries to provide people with water to drink and wash, while... more »

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Points of Interest

This tour starts at this often-overlooked fountain by Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, right in the middle of the bustling Piazza Barberini. Take your time to observe the muscular Triton, a sea god, kneeling on a base of four dolphins. The fountain is the first free-standing urban fountain made by Bernini. From this square, head down to the ... More

This sumptuous masterpiece appears out of the blue in its cramped quarters, heavily decorated with marbled seahorses, shells and cherubs and constantly patrolled by a relentless ocean of tourists. Immortalized by Federico Fellini's movie "La Dolce Vita," in which actress Anita Ekberg frolicked sensually in the water, today this fountain is one of ... More

Upon your arrival to the magnificent Piazza di Spagna, you'll see this fountain right below the Spanish Steps, shaped as a sinking ship with water overflowing its bows. Built by Bernini's father, with the collaboration of the talented young son in 1627 after a flooding brought a meter of water--and a boat--onto the square, Barcaccia stands for ... More

Before you leave Piazza di Spagna, you may want to climb the world-famous Spanish Steps for a good view of the Barcaccia Fountain from above and the bustling square. If you can't climb, there's an elevator just outside the Piazza di Spagna subway station on the left. You can sit on the steps, but it's forbidden to eat or drink and the fines are... More

This is Bernini's most famous fountain, built between 1648 and 1651, right in the center of Navona square, facing the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, whose majestic façade was completed by rival architect Francesco Borromini. Four statues represent four rivers, symbols of four parts of the world: the Danube for Europe, the Nile for Africa, the Rio... More

On your way to the Jewish Ghetto for the last two attractions, you will pass the Largo di Torre Argentina, a busy square hosting a complex of Roman ruins, including remains of a theater and temples, right in the middle. A no-kill shelter for homeless cats also resides here and many of its inhabitants can be spotted among the ruins.

The beauty of the Fontana delle Tartarughe is principally the fact that you can observe this beautiful late Renaissance masterpiece without wrestling with huge crowds of tourists as it is located in a relatively little-known, yet central neighborhood, the Jewish Ghetto. Around the edge of a circular vasque stand four bronze ephebes (young men),... More

The Fontana delle Tartarughe is only a few steps from the ruins of the Portico d'Ottavia, a romantic archaeological gem, perfect for a stroll at sunset in the heart of the atmospheric Jewish Ghetto. Make sure you stop at one of the pie shops for a sugar boost or plan to have dinner in one of the typical Roman-Jewish trattorie for a mouthwatering... More