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“A small piazza. Can totally skip it”
Review of Piazza Mattei

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.

Date of experience: June 2017
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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.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Ogi0
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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 turtles around the upper basin, usually attributed either to Gian Lorenzo Bernini or Andrea Sacchi, were added in either 1658 or 1659 when the fountain was restored. A MUST SEE!!!!!!

Date of experience: November 2016
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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 is the main attraction.

Fontane delle Tartarughe/Turtle Fountain, created 1581-1588 and the turtles were added in 1658. Four bronze youths are pushing four bronze turtles into the upper marble basin. The youths have a foot placed on a bronze dolphin, which spouts water into a shell shaped marble basin.

Palazzo Mattei di Giove built 1598-1618, was designed by Carlo Maderno for Asdrubale Mattei. Take a peek inside the beautiful courtyard, filled with statues and ancient Roman reliefs.

Palazzo Costaguti built 16th century stands on the ruins of an ancient Roman temple, which later became a church. The large portal to the palace is off Piazza Mattei, while the rest of the building is on Piazza Costaguti.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed October 6, 2016

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! It's actually really cute. I enjoyed the small piazza that it was in, though there was nothing there other than the fountain to see. I wish there was a small cafe even to sit in, but really it's just a bunch of parked cars and there were hardly any people around when I happened to be there. Nice spot in the center of Rome.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank kebnertravel
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