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5 funny fountains of Rome
18 June 2015

5 funny fountains of Rome

Among the most beautiful and famous fountains of Rome, there are many smaller, hidden and very strange that all tell a very important piece of the life of the Roman people. Five are those of the old town that are worth a visit.

Fountain of books
Architect Lombardi, in 1927, was the creator of this fountain commissioned by the city to represent the various districts of Rome. Located on Via degli Staderari, the fountain represents the Sant'Eustachio District and it shows a tiny incision between the horns of the deer that is at the center of the sculpture. Is a niche, surrounded by an arc, the center of which, is a deer whose horns have been transformed into places of books on a shelf, these bookmarks generate water. The fountain is a tribute in the University La Sapienza.

Fountain of artists
To see it you must go to Via Margutta and has been designed to represent the creativity that characterized Campo Marzio in the sixteenth century, populated by artists: painters, sculptors, poets and photographers were there placed their shops. The fountain depicts the tools of the trade of the artists: stools, brushes, masks and compasses from which water comes out, limited by an arch that supports the collection tank.

Fountain of the Laborer
A man with the hat which supports a barrel that generates water is the scene that you are in front of the fountain of Via Lata. It 'called "talking statue" because, in 1580, gave voice to the political satire of the capital, collecting tickets anonymous commenting episodes of the politics of the time.

Fountain of Barrel
The fountain of Largo San Rocco is dedicated to the wine carriers and is set in a niche carved between two churches. 1774 is a barrel topped by a face, smiling, spits water collected from a small bowl. Initially was built in Via Ripetta, where there was the port we docked ships loaded with goods.

The Baboon Fountain
Built by Alessandro Galli in 1580 took this name as it reminded the form of a monkey and is the first to a public fountain, although built by a private individual. A satyr lying on a typical Roman thermal basin shaped fountain that underwent many changes and shifts. The Baboon Fountain, located in the same street that bears his name, is another of the "talking statues" of Rome.


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