Fontana del Nettuno by AJ Paris

Fontana del Nettuno or Neptune Fountain

Fontana del Nettuno, which means “Fountain of Neptune” in Italian, is a fountain in Piazza Navona in central Rome.

The fountain is located in the northern end of the square.

However, the square is famous for Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or “Fountain of the Four River,” which is very famous.

“It is such a lovely place,” says Christina, an American tourist who I talked to as I photographed a portion of the the famous. “I look at this, and I just feel in awe,” added Christina.

Fontana del Nettuno History

Although the area dates back to the Roman times, Giacomo della Porta started the construction in the 1570s. Around 300 years later, in the 1870s, another artist by the name of Antonio della Bitta finished it––adding the famous statue in which the god Neptune fights an octopus.

Fontana del Nettuno holds a lot of importance for the history of Rome. Neptune was the god of water, especially fresh water, in the ancient Roman religion. The location of the square was related to water in recent Roman history, which is why the artists connected it to Neptune.

Of course, Catholic leaders oversaw the construction of the fountain and they were not thinking about a god named Neptune. Astronomy was popular at the time, and the artists only got away with it because of that.

“I could sit here and look at it all day,” says Christine, who admits she feels the same way when in the company of any of the famous fountains of the city. “It just feel like it is marvelous,” she adds.

I agree.

Although in a very tourist area, it is a great place to sit and think!

AJ Paris is a photographer and travels all over the world. His photo books include Men Around the World, Rio, and Banaras. Shop by visiting

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