The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) is located at the north end of the Piazza Navona. It was once called "Fontana dei Calderari" because it was located close to a small alley with blacksmith's workshops, makers of pots and pans and of other metal based businesses, all of them generating heat.
The restoration of the Roman Aqua Virgo aqueduct in 1570 was immediately followed by the start of work on a continuation water supply pipe towards the district of the old Campo Marzio, which following the diminution of the city's size and importance was left as the most densely populated part of the city. Restoration of a piped water supply in turn permitted the construction of several public fountains. The basin part of the Fontana del Nettuno, (without the sculptures) was designed in 1574 by Giacomo Della Porta, who also designed the Moor Fountain at the other side of the square. It was sponsored by pope Gregory XIII. The lower part of the basin consists of white marble and the upper part of the local stone from Pietrasanta. For the next 300 years, the fountain survived without statues.
Nineteenth century infrastructure developments reduced dependence on urban fountains for drinking and washing purposes but increased their visual and political importance, especially following the creation of the Italian state with Rome as its capital after 1870. The fountain as it exists today was finally completed in 1878 by Antonio della Bitta, who added the imposing sculpture of "Neptune fighting with an octopus" and Gregorio Zappalà, who created the other sculptures, based on the mythological theme of the "Nereids with cupids and walruses". Statuary was added following a competition in 1873, in order to balance the statuary of the Moor Fountain on the south side of the piazza and of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) at its centre.
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snunney (105467) 2013-11-30 1:57
The close crop puts the emphasis on the figures, whilst the colourful façades make a fine and contrasting backcloth. Good saturated colours and excellent clarity. Have a great weekend.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-11-30 2:11
this is so beautiful,so europe.love the wonderful pov,with some great architecture and colors.thanks for sharing.
SNOOP_Chan (4377) 2013-11-30 2:18
Salut Daniel, din fericire pt mine am ajuns si eu la fantana asta. Din pacate pozele ma includeau si pe mine :) Asa ca imi ramane sa ma delectez cu cele facute de altii care au mai ajuns pe acolo.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-30 2:33
Love the crop and composition here Daniel and the colours are so harmonious. An excellent shot. Warm regards Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-30 3:13
nicely cropped shot of this famous and iconic fountain. Love the coloured backdrop that just makes it stand out so beautifully. Glorious detail and captured perfectly. Like this one a lot.
Enjoy your weekend - B.
Sergiom (87099) 2013-11-30 5:14
Un très beau format d'image pour ce cadrage serré sur la célèbre fontaine de la Piazza Navona.L'arrière plan coloré est bien choisi pour mettre en vedette le sujet principal.
jhm (158854) 2013-11-30 7:24
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Your picture shows a wonderful history.
Wonderful sharp picture with real colours, also nice details.
Very well composition, nice photograph work. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
PaulVDV (31847) 2013-11-30 9:10
The colour of the statues makes them stand out well against that beautiful backdrop of different reddish tones.
Pigeons always choose fun places to sit.
Best regards, Paul
Silvio1953 (151545) 2013-11-30 9:46
Ciao Daniel, great view of beautiful fountain, wonderful warm colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Zengi001 (2837) 2013-11-30 10:13
Fine piece of art nicely framed,
Thanks for sharing!
carlo62 (54064) 2013-11-30 14:11
la statua è proprio bella ed è messa in risalto dalle splendide facciate che sei riuscito a riprendere nella tua bella foto.
Nicou (149698) 2013-11-30 20:12
Le fond tout coloré de ces façade fait très très bien ressortir la fontaine quel dessine t forme cela fait quelle architecture et contraste de tons superbe.
Très beau dimanche
jjcordier (79297) 2013-11-30 23:24
Joli cadrage de cette célèbre fontaine romaine avec ces façades typiques en arrière plan.
marabu61 (11277) 2013-12-01 10:41
Impressive fountain here, the colored houses behind provide a good backdrop for the fountain.
have a good sunday
siudzi (34141) 2013-12-01 12:19
Excellent panorama shot of this beautiful Rome fountain. Like the way it was captured in the frame with colorful buildings in the background. Great result achieved! Like it!
claudeD (41220) 2013-12-01 12:21
Wonderful picture from the amazing Piazza Navona . I like the composition very much. Piazza Navona is really amazing.I have visited several times and I like it very much.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-12-01 19:45
The prominent is nicely spread out, i tnink it's difficult to capture this as it's so large and there's so many people milling around. nicely observed section of this great place. This is particularly descriptive, a charming old time scene and this really does encapsulate Italian life. The beautiful pastel colours compliment each other well. Great shot, congrats
Angshu (56760) 2013-12-02 21:10
Lovely picture of the famous fountain! The details are excellent & I liked the pastel coloured facades which create a colourful BG
mkamionka (39803) 2013-12-04 6:32
you are too productive on TE to keep up with you.
I remember well this beautiful fountain. It is one of three beautiful fountains on this square. I have some photos of it but taken in the pre-digital times and the negatives got quite damaged. So with some jealousy I watch your photo here with such your usual high quality. Great close up which allows to appreciate the details of sculptures and set against colorful buildings in the back.
Very well done,
tatadalou (7459) 2013-12-11 14:02
Thanks a lot for relating us the story of this famous fountain. The tight framing lets us benefit of nice details. Regards,