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“After Portico di Ottavia a must”

Fontana delle Tartarughe
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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto Walking Tour
Ranked #158 of 2,034 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Fontana delle Tartarughe, or The Turtles' Fountain, is one of the Renaissance's little gems.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

If you want to visit Portico di Ottavia and Marcello's Theater you can have a little visit in this square near a few of meters that show you a wonderfull fountain very pretty and fine

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"turtle fountain"
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"lovely fountain"
in 6 reviews
"upper basin"
in 4 reviews
"gian lorenzo bernini"
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"jewish ghetto"
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"capitoline museums"
in 2 reviews
"piazza navona"
in 2 reviews
"dolphins"
in 12 reviews
"landini"
in 6 reviews
"sacchi"
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"bronze"
in 10 reviews
"aqueduct"
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"fortuna"
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"restoration"
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

I found this fountain uninteresting - in a city with so many fountains and squares, this little fountain in the small piazza Mattei did not make big impression on me, despite being built by della Porta and the turtles later added by Bernini. Apart from the later-added turtles, there are several sculptures of men, shells and dolphins. Th water was used for drinking in the neighbourhood, and the fountain was part of a greater project to provide fresh water to Roman people.

Thank Milen D
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

A small square with a small fountain with turtles. Not a major sight but if you are nearby, you may want to appreciate it. Constructed around 1588.

Thank Karsten K
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Really a cute, still functioning fountain built 1581-88 byGiacomo Della Porta. Star of the show, the turtles that are climbing into it. It's a nice surprise when you walk into the Piazza after visiting part of the nearby Jewish quarter.

Thank Chinapjs
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

This fountain is served by the same aqueduct that reached the Trevi fountain in 1570. Located within a small courtyard-style piazza on the edge of the Jewish ghetto. The turtles were actually added during an early restoration, and may have been originally made by Bernini. Unfortunately one was stolen in 1979, and the other 3 originals are kept at the Capitoline Museums--the turtles currently on the fountain are copies. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful little gem of a place to visit. If you're touring the Jewish Ghetto, be sure not to miss this!

Thank Julie W
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