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The Fontana was built in 1566 by Tommaso Laureti and is located on Piazza Magiore. The nearby Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita has an interesting museum dedicated to the fountain.
One of Bologna's most iconic symbol, the statue is now finally - after 1 year of restoration - is back to original magnificent. Do you want to find out one of city's secrets related to this statue? Try to look the giant from the back prospective, close to Sala Borsa's building entrance.
Gift to Bologna from Pope Pius IV, after being independent Bologna came under Papal rule... Neptune domination over the seas ...As the Papal State now dominated Bologna .....Sculptured by Giambologna who also sculptured Rape of the Sabine Woman in Florence....The trident would become the symbol for Maserati which was founded in Bologna in 1914... In the past, a genius thought it would be a good idea to fix anchors to the walls of this beautiful city, run steel cables from the anchors, criss crossing above the streets….to suspend electrical wires and lighting… in doing so, created one of the ugliest street scenes imaginable
Great meeting point in the center. Every time I go to the fountain I notice more details.
The best place to walk on your feet in Bologna, historical places, state of the art buildings, shopping, restaurants, café shops etc...
One of the symbols of bologna. Beautiful fountain... just couple of steps from Piazza Majore.
Mmmm... OK? This fountain is a Medici family commision from their "oh we are so secular, so independent from the church time". Good old female objectification. #sweet
Unfortunately is under conservation right now. (As of 23rd November 2017 anyway). The city has placed some great information about the restoration and the sculpture itself on the outside of the work. You can even do a tour of the restoration process everyday from 10AM!
If you're sight seeing in Bologna you won't miss this. I like this Fountain of Neptune better than the one in Florence. Its a great place to have a sit, plan you're route or take in the piazza, although, you can't really see the majority of the square from here. You're also very close to the towers here. Great place to get pictures day or night.