Fontana del Nettuno

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  • Day36

    Piazza Navona, Rome

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After the grime of Rome it was nice to visit the Piazza Navona. This is a very pretty (and clean) square built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones, games, and it was known as Circus Agonalis, competition arena.

    The buildings surrounding the square include the Palazzo Pamphili, the family palace of Pope Innocent X who reigned from 1644 to 1655. The church of Sant’ Agnes’s in Agone also faces the square and with the other beautiful buildings they make a lovely backdrop to the important sculptural fountains.

    In the center stands the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, created in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I am still fascinated how the artists/sculptors could achieve so much detail and definition. So much talent.

    The other notable fountain in the Piazza is The Fountain of Neptune, created in 1574. This is another example of great skill and talent, and is striking against the orange tones of the building behind.

    This was the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and a croissant while admiring the view and listening to a nearby busker play the guitar. And best of all this place didn’t appear to be on any tour guides so it was very uncrowded.
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  • Day3

    Groot on Vacation

    November 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    Groot was only out for a few minutes, posing by the fountain, when a little boy wandered up and tried to grab him! I was very surprised but moved quickly to grab Groot and hold him away from the child. He was very small, maybe around two or three years old, so I'm thinking that he didn't realize what he was doing. His father quickly got him and was telling him no, no, no. I guess that Groot appeals to everyone!Read more

  • Day3

    Making Plans

    November 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    While I was taking pictures, Kathy and Bryan were comparing things on their phones. I'm not sure if they were looking for a place to have lunch or trying to decide what we should see next. I'm fine with either plan. I'm happy doing anything!Read more

  • Day3

    Spitting Birds

    November 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    The fountains here are so beautiful but I'm wondering how they were able to create flowing water, like seen on this eagle, when there was no motors to control water pressure or the flow of the water. I'll have to do some research into this.Read more

  • Day3

    Double Flow

    November 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    Here's another side of the fountain, with a double sided water flow. I'm not an engineer but I would think that this would be difficult to construct without some sort of motor pulling the water up and pushing it out. I wonder how they managed it?Read more

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