City of fountains

The Encyclopedia Britannica notes the presence of “over 300 fountains” in the city of Rome.


One of the most accurate observers and admirers of the city of Rome, Stuardt-Mikhail Clarke, has collected information about the following 65 of them:
 

“Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) (1732-62) by Nicola Salvi (1732) and completed by Giuseppe Panini in 1762), commemorating the completion of the Acqua Vergine in 19 B.C. Located in Piazza di Trevi. This is the world-famous fountain where legend has it, if you toss coins over your shoulder into its waters, you will return to Rome one day. It is built on the back of Palazzo Poli. The basin was built with monies collected from taxes levied on wine.
 

Fontana Bocca di Leone (1842) built by Antonio Sarti. Located on via Bocca di Leone, which is a small street connecting the Via dei Condotti and Via Frattina in the shopping district.
 

Fontana dell'Acqua Paola (1612), or Mostra dell'Acqua Paola (named for the aqueduct that supplies the whole district and the fountain), built for Pope Paul V. Located in the Janiculum.
 

Fontana dell'Acqua Marcia al Campidoglio (1900) builder was anonymous but it was commissioned by the City Council of Rome. It is located in via San Pietro in Carcere near the northern entrance to Foro Romano in the wall of the church of the same name.
 

Fontana di San Pietro in Vincoli (1642) built by Cardinal Antonio Barberini which is located in the courtyard of San Pietro in Vincoli in an elegant well located in the center of the courtyard.
 

Fontana di Piazza delle Cinque Scole (also known as Fontana del Pianto after Santa Maria del Pianto, the church in front of it which has been relocated), (date unknown) built by Giacomo della Porta. The fountain and piazza is named after the five rabbinical schools that exist in the Ghetto.
Moses Fountain (1587) commemorating the opening of Acqua Felice (also known as

Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, built during the reign of Sixtus V.
 

Fontana dei Monti (Fountain of the Hills), via S. Vito. Monti is the name of the district (rioni) in which the fountain is located. Most of the district fountains were built by Pietro Lombardi in 1927 who was commissioned by the City to do so.
 

Fontanella delle Tiare (Fountain of the Tiaras), another district fountain built in 1927 by Pietro Lombardi, located in the Borgo District near the Vatican.
 

Fontana Ara Coeli (Fontana dell'Ara Coeli, or Fontana di piazza dell'Ara Coeli) (1589) built by Giacomo della Porta and is located in Piazza d'Ara Coeli and named for the church that stands in front of it. The fountain itself actually has no named.
 

Fontana di Borgo Vecchio (17th century) by an unknown builder. Located on via della Conciliazione, which goes to St. Peter's Square from Castel Sant'Angelo. There are two fountains here on the left side of the street facing St. Peter's at the corner of via dei Cavalieri Santo Sepolcro where Ristorante Pierdonati is located.
 

Fountains of St. Peter's Square - located in St. Peter's Square, a matched pair, one by Maderno (1614) (Fontana del C. Maderno), the other, on the northern side of the square, is by Bernini and was added later.
 

Fontana di Piazza Farnese (1626) by Girolamo Rainaldi located in Piazza Farnese. There are two gigantic fountains in this square in front of the Palazzo Farnese (which is now the French Embassy) that incorporate the fleur de lys.
 

Fontana delle Anfore (Fountain of the Amphorae), via Marmorata near the Ponte Sublicio.
 

Fontana dei Fiumi (Fountain of the Rivers) (1648-51) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the centerpiece in Piazza Navona, signifying the four principal rivers.
 

 

Fontana del Moro (Fountain of the Moor) (1575) built by Giacomo della Porta and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, located at the southern end of Piazza Navona.
 

Fontana della Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (1911) designed by Cesare Bazzani. Located on Viale Belle Arti at the northern entrance to Borghese Park. There are two fountains located here.
 

Fontana delle Botte (Fountain of the Barrel or Fountain of the Wine), opened in 1927 at via della Cisterna near piazza S. Callisto.
 

Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) (1574) built by Giacomo della Porta and located at the northern end of Piazza Navona.
 

Fontana del Colosseo (ancient, Roman era) by unknown builder. Located at Piazza del Colosseo to the left of the Metro Colosseo subway stop in front of the Coliseum. The basin is an ancient sarcophagus.
 

Fontana S. Giovanni in Laterano, located at the base of the obelisk in piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano.
 

Fontanella Battisterio (Fountain of the Baptistry), piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano.
 

Fontana dei Leoni Capitolini (date unknown), built by Carlo Pietrangeli. Located at the foot of Michelangelo's Cordonata and Ara Coeli Staircase in the Campidoglio.
 

Fontana degli Artisti (Fountain of the Artists), via Margutta.
 

Fontana del Tritone (1642-43) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini located in Piazza Barberini.
 

Fontana di Palazzo Spada (1540) by an unknown builder, located in Piazza Capo di Ferro, which is built into a small niche of th wall of the palazzo, again utilizing an ancient Roman sarcophagus as the basin.
 

Fontana dell'Aquila (1611-12) by Stefano Maderno, located in Citta del Vaticano.
 

Fontana del Mascherone di Via Giulia (Fountain of the Mask) (1626) bizarre fountain by an unknown builder and was commissioned by the Farnese family and is located on via Giulia near Villa Farnesina.
 

Fontana delle Naiadi (Nymphs) (1900) - was very controversial at the time because of the nude figures, located in the Piazza della Repubblica near Stazione Termini.
 

Fontana della Pigna (Fountain of the Pine-cone) (1927) by Pietro Lombardi located in piazza San Marco, across from the Vittorio Emanuele Monument.
 

Fountain of the Amphorae (1920s) by Pietro Lombardi, located in Piazza dell'Emporio.
 

Fontana di Porta Cavalleggeri (1565) by an unknown builder. Again, one of the many fountains whose basin is an ancient sarcophagus. This fountain is built in the wall near the Vatican on Largo di Porta Cavalleggeri.
 

Fontana della Barcaccia (the leaking boat) (1627-29) by P. Bernini, father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, located at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna.
 

Fontana delle Tartarughe (Tortoise Fountain) (1581-84) built by Taddeo Landini and Giacomo della Porta, located in Piazza Mattei.
 

Fontana dei Libri (Fountain of the Books), located on via Staderari between piazza della Rotonda and Piazza Navona on the side of Chiesa Sant'Eustachio.
Fontana della Navicella (Little Boat or Ship Fountain) (16th cent.) located at Santa Maria in Domnica.
 

Fontana della Terrina (1589) by Giacomo della Porta and located in piazza della Chiesa Nuova on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II Boulevard.
 

Fontana Santa Sabina (also known as Fontana del Mascherone di Santa Sabina) (1593) - located in the forecourt of Santa Sabina in the Aventine sector in Piazza Pietro d'Illiria. Water gushes from a huge mask set in an ancient basin. Built by Giacomo della Porta.
 

Fontana del Pantheon (1575) designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Leonardo Sormani, located in front of the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda.
 

Fontana di Porta San Sebastiano (ancient Roman era) by an unknown builder and is located on via delle Mura Latine which crosses the via Appia Antica at Porta San Sebastiano.
Le Quattro Fontane (The Four Fountains) (1593), located at the Quirinale crossroads.
 

Fountain of the Galley (Galleon Fountain) (1620-21) in the Vatican Museums courtyard under Paul V.
 

Fontana di Papa Giulio (Fountain of Pope Julius III) (1552-54) designed by Bartolomeo Ammannati. It is located on via Flaminia in the Parioli District.
 

Fontana di Marforio, usually referred to simply as Marforio, by Giacomo della Porta in the courtyard of the Capitoline Museum. Also one of the 'talking' statues.
 

Fontana di Sant'Andrea della Valle (1614) by Carlo Maderno and is located in the square in front of the church of the same name in the piazza of the same name.
 

Fontana di Piazza Colonna (1575) by Giacomo della Porta. Located in Piazza Colonna along the via del Corso and stands at the foot of the Marcus Aurelius Column.
 

Fontana dei Cavalli Marini (Seahorses) (1791) located at the Villa Borghese.
 

Fontanella del Facchino (The Porter) (1590) set in the wall of Banco di Roma on Via Lata. Also one of the 'talking' statues.
 

Fontana dell Api (1641) by Bernini, located at Piazza Barberini at Via Veneto.
Eagle Fountain, located in the Vatican Gardens, was built to commemorate the arrival of water at the Vatican from the Acqua Paola.
 

Fontana dei Fauni, located the the Villa Borghese Gardens.
 

Fontana di Santo Stefano del Cacco (Roman Imperial era) by an unknown builder, again using an ancient Roman sarcophagus. This is considered the oldest fountain in Rome. It is located on via Santao Stefano del Cacco, down from Santa Maria sopra Minerva behind the Pantheon.
Acqua Paola (more often referred to as Fontana di Ponte Sisto, after the bridge where it is located, located in the Piazza Trilussa in the Trastevere sector.
 

Fontana dei Tritoni (1715) by Carlo Bizzaccheri located in Piazza della Bocca della Verita between Santa Maria in Cosmedin and the Temples of the Forum Boarium.
 

Fontana di Piazza del Popolo, from a piazza design by Valadier (1816-20).
 

Fontana della Scrofa (1445-1580) by an unknown builder, located in via della Scrofa, built in the wall of a corner building using an ancient Roman Imperial era relief showing a boar.
 

Fontana sulla Piazza Mastei located below Piazza Mastei in Trastevere.
 

Fontana del Timone (Fountain of the Helm), located on the wall of the Instito S. Michele on Lungotevere Ripa.
 

Fontana la Venere, located at Villa Borghese.
 

Fontana Gioacchino Belli, located in Piazza Gioacchino Belli, by Carlo Fontana (1694).
 

Fontana del Bocca della Verita, located in Piazza Bocca della Verita.
 

Fontana di Santa Maria in Trastevere (4-8th cent.) and one of the oldest in Rome, located in front of Santa Maria in Trastevere in the piazza of the same name. It was reconstructed by Carlo Fontana in 1694 and remodeled as late as 1873.
 

Fontana dell'Adriatico, Vittorio Emanuele II Monument.
Tyrrhenian Fountain, Vittorio Emanuele II Monument.
 

Fontana delle Palle di Cannone (Fountain of the Cannon Balls), located on via di Porta Castello in the Prati district. “ (excerpt from SMC’s webpage on fountains)