The Fountain of Neptune was first known as the Fountain of the Calderari. It dates from 1576 and was designed by Giacomo Della Porta. It stands on the north side of Piazza Navona and symmetrically opposite the Fountain of the Moor on the south side. It was to maintain this symmetry that a competition was held in 1878 to adorn the fountain that had originally been built quite plain. The results were that the statue of Neptune by Antonio Della Bitta was added to the fountain from which the current name is derived. The god is fighting an octopus and is surrounded by Nereids, putti and seahorses which were added around the large tank by the sculptor Gregorio Zappalà.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Spagna