Piazza Mattei
Piazza Mattei
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a small, quaint square in the Jewish Quarter where you find the historic Palazzo Costaguti and other palace buildings. Probably the most interesting feature of the square however is the whimsical and fun Fontanta delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain). You will find a alfresco eateries and a couple of retail shops on the piazza as well.
Written 9 March 2024
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Jon F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A lovely little Piazza in the Jewish Quarter. The fountain is very special and if you're a film fan then you'll recognise this as the Piazza that Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) lived at in the 1999 film "The Talented Mr Ripley".
Written 13 December 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This tiny but charming piazza is close to the old Jewish Quarter, Tiber Island and the archaeological area of Marcello’s Theatre.
The piazza is enclosed by five noble palazzos in pretty shades of creamy peach and apricot and tangerine.
It’s centrepiece is a playful fountain with whimsical turtles clambering over the pedestal basin (see separate review).
The fountain was was designed by Giacomo della Porta and built between 1581 and 1588 but the turtles came much later and were added by the famous Gian Bernini when the fountain was being restored.
The oldest of the five surrounding buildings is Palazzo Mattei, belonging to the hugely wealthy and influential Mattei family. It was due to Duke Muzio Mattei that the fountain ended up in this square. That wasn’t the original plan. It was intended for nearby Piazza Giudia but the Duke wanted to be able to see the fountain from his window and he had the clout to make that happen. To be fair, the family had contributed to the fountain and undertook to have the square paved at their expense so he probably felt entitled.
Written 9 February 2023
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH4,942 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I would consider this a classic piazza in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome - a small central fountain (Fountain of Tortoises), a Bar, a small restaurant and a lot of foot traffic with people stopping to chat or just say hello on their way through. Certainly a slice of Italian life and well worth a stop.
Written 21 January 2023
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
After understanding that I was actually walking in the Jewish quarters I came upon this lovely little piazza with a fantastic fountain in the midst of it. I must recommend a walk in this area.
Written 31 October 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,954 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a very pleasant small square in the Jewish Quarter of Rome and featured a very attractive fountain in its center.Apparently the fountain was to be erected in Piazza Giudia nearby but Duke Muzio Mattei wanted to see it from his palace apparently located in the square and hence its current location.Well done to the Duke.
Written 2 September 2022
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dapper777
Monaco64,004 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Friends
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.
Written 19 August 2020
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slw9135
69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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.
Written 15 December 2019
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
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! :-)
Written 8 June 2019
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alisonnra
Annangrove, Australia42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
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.
Written 11 December 2018
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