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Piazza Mattei

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Piazza Mattei

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dapper777 wrote a review Aug 2020
Monaco29365 contributions2762 helpful votes
In the heart of Renaissance Rome, and within the Jewish quarter of Rome, this small square is surrounded by noble palaces such as that one of the Costaguti family and the two ones of the Mattei family. It takes its name from the Giacomo Mattei palace that is located here, the oldest of the five buildings that make up the so-called "Mattei island". The square is famous for its fountain. The Fountain of the Turtles was built between 1581 and 1584 by the Florentine Taddeo Landini based on a design by Giacomo Della Porta. The turtles that give the fountain its name were placed only in 1658 at the behest of Pope Alexander VII and are attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini. What we see today, however, are copies. In fact, the turtles were stolen for the first time in 1944, and found, but in 1979 one was stolen and never found again. The three surviving turtles were then removed, now preserved in the Capitoline museums, and replaced with copies.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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slw9135 wrote a review Dec 2019
66 contributions99 helpful votes
This is a lovely little fountain in a small square just outside the Jewish Ghetto area in Rome. The square is small and unmemorable in most respects except for this lovely little late Renaissance fountain. It is by Giacomo della Porta and was moved here and then restored with the addition of 4 small bronze turtles by Gian Lorenzo Bernini during the late 16th century. The fountain is beautiful with a lower basin that looks like giant sea shells and sculptures of boys riding dolphins. Not worth coming a long distance to see but if you are nearby it is worth a look.
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Date of experience: December 2019
SuperTed19 wrote a review Jun 2019
Madison, Wisconsin610 contributions319 helpful votes
Yes, Rome is filled with squares that can start to look a bit similar after a while. What makes this one special is Palazzo Mattei di Giove and… well…. The Turtles! :-)
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Date of experience: May 2019
alisonnra wrote a review Dec 2018
Annangrove, Australia42 contributions25 helpful votes
It’s only worth a visit if you’re passing by anyway. The fountain is interesting but quite small and doesn’t take more than a minute to look at. Don’t go out of your way to see it.
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Date of experience: November 2018
nellielim wrote a review Dec 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4110 contributions1503 helpful votes
This is a small square in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto. In the centre of this square is the famous Fountain of Turtles. Worth a visit if in the area.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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