During my second trip to Rome I looked in vain for this fountain after reading about it. I finally “found” it after I moved here. I was meeting someone for dinner and decided to cut through the area known as the Jewish Ghetto. I walked a few blocks and boom, there it was.
There are over 600 fountains in Rome and this is one of my favorites.
Usually during the day there are too many people taking photos so I went back at night to snap these.
The fountain is located in Piazza Mattei. The Mattei family commissioned the work in 1581. One hundred years later my favorite sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini added the turtles.
In 1979 someone stole one of the turtles, so the originals are in the Capitoline Museum. Again I must ask who the heck steals something like this? You can’t sell it.
There’s something very sweet about this about this fountain. I know where it's located, yet I always smile when I come upon it, as if I’m surprised that it’s there.