Fontane di Piazza San Pietro

Fontane di Piazza San Pietro

Fontane di Piazza San Pietro
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.

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Travel R
Rochester, MN1,712 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Just a fountain, but this one is massive. Hard to get scale without seeing it in person given everything around it is also huge.
Written 8 July 2023
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,479 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Their understated presence may cause travelers to overlook them, but these fountains are beautiful and a deserving addition to Vatican City’s “skyline.” Very clean and well-kept.
Written 19 June 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,145 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
These impressive and large fountains aren't hard to miss as they stand out and are at the south and north side of the Egyptian Obelisk. The area is free to enter and explore. The fountains have some interesting history to them because they influenced large fountains throughout Europe including the ones in Paris' Place de la Concorde.
Written 30 April 2023
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH3,623 contributions
Oct 2022
So, how many masterpieces by Bernini can the Vatican possibly have?!?! This beautiful fountain on the south side of the Piazza gives balance on either side of the obelisk as you are facing the Basilica. There is no other fountain like it, with the domed top, carved faces underneath, and an overflowing bowl in the middle, it is quite amazing and mesmerizing to watch.
Written 30 December 2022
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,326 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Difficult to review a fountain that is this beautiful in one of the most religious sites in Europe, but you will see it as you walk across the square.
Written 18 October 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,489 contributions
Jun 2022
The two Vatican fountains are almost twins, but not quite. You have to look carefully to tell them apart. It’s a bit like playing spot-the-difference.
The original fountain is the one on the right (as you look at the Vatican). It was designed in 1614 by Maderno, who also designed the basilica’s facade.
Some sixty years later, Bernini designed a second fountain but copied the original one almost exactly.
To tell them apart, you have to look at the coat of arms on the bases. The eagle and dragon belong to Pope Paul V (Maderno’s fountain). The stars belong to Pope Clement X (Bernini’s fountain).  Bernini also added a couple of dolphins, which served as his signature.
What made the fountains unique was that Maderno turned the upper basin upside down, so that it looked like a mushroom. Water gushed out of the top and its fall was broken on the upturned basin, creating a veil-like effect as it cascaded between the basins.
For those interested in the hydraulics, the fountains do not use pumps. Gravity causes the water to flow through which only works because the fountains' bases are lower than the actual water level. Originally the jets shot water over 8 metres into the air which would have looked a lot more spectacular. This was reduced when Pope Paul VI cut back to reduce wastage.
NOTE: It is free to walk around St Peter's Square.
Written 30 June 2022
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Sam
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia12,097 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Beautiful fountain in the center of the St Peter Square. Lots of tourists around it taking photos and on Sunday attending service
Written 25 June 2022
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Serena DC
Beverly Hills, CA129 contributions
Apr 2022
We sat here when we were having lunch and it was just so pretty. I even threw a euro in the fountain and made a wish.
Written 4 May 2022
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy30,096 contributions
Mar 2022
The two massive and beautiful fountains in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. Originally there was only one but eventually a second was added for symmetry. Always lovely to see them.
Written 15 March 2022
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dapper777
Monaco32,672 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
In St. Peter's Square, two twin fountains complete and enrich the majestic vision of the Basilica.
They have been there for centuries and without them the square would not be the same, they were not built together, and not even in the same century.
The oldest fountain is the one on the right - coming from via della Conciliazione - and has been in the square since at least 1490. It was restored in 1501 but the real transformation took place in 1614 by Carlo Maderno.
The second fountain on the left is the work of Bernini.
In 1657 Gian Llorenzo Bernini was commissioned to arrange St. Peter's Square.
To achieve symmetry, Bernini decided to move the first fountain in line with the obelisk - placed in the center of the square in 1586.
To complete the work, a second fountain, 'twin' but not identical, was built, symmetrically positioned on the south side of the square and inaugurated in 1677.
Located symmetrically at the center of the two hemicycles of the Berninian colonnade and aligned with the Vatican Obelisk, the "almost" twin fountains of St. Peter's Square are due to the ingenuity of two of the major figures of the architectural history of this famous square: Carlo Maderno, who made the façade of the basilica, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest artist of the Roman Baroque and brilliant designer of the square.
Written 22 September 2021
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