Chronicle of the Public Fountains of Italy: Exploring Viterbo's Fountains

great-fountain-piazza-del-duomo-large.gifLocated in Viterbo, the Gothic Fountain of the Piazza della Morte, is an ornate and elaborate fountain that features the Gothic style more aptly found in the northern regions of Italy. The Fountain of Neptune in Florence, however, features a large and inartistic sculpture of Neptune, created by Ammanati a student of Michelangelo, that is completely overwhelmed by the chariot of seahorses in which Neptune resides. Ammanati was scolded for this creation with the people of Florence saying he ruined a beautiful block of marble. Fortunately for Ammanti, he did create another piece that was said to be wonderful, while not very intricate, the Fonte Gaja in Siena was one of his great creations.

Another unique fountain, the Great Fountain in the Piazza del Duomo at Perugia is a stunning water feature with beautiful biblical and symbolic detailing on the water basins. This fountain dates back to 1277 and is said to be one of the most gorgeous medieval style fountains that has been created. This fountain was completed in 1280 by Niccolaand Giovanni Pisano and Arnolfo di Cambio, who were known to create wonderful works of art.

A Gothic style fountain, created in 1206, called the Fountain of Sepali could be found in Viterbo. The Sepali, placed in a town known for gorgeous women and fountains, was named for a disruption of music leading the fountain to mean "without equal". Known for its fountains, the town of Viterbo included the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. This large, some what bulky fountain was without specific design.

The Royal Palace at Caster, built in 1752 by Charles III included a collection of fountains shown here. Mythicals were represented in the collection of statuary around these fountains. This fountain was created by a joining of Vanv-telli Violani and Brunelli.

Another fountain at Viterbo, of great distinction of general design, although clumsy in some of its proportions, is that in the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.

The Fountain Piazza de San Pietro, featured in Rome and created by Stefano Maderna, adds further intrigue with its unique design, creating a simple yet beautiful water display! Just these few fountains spread over Italy, feature different style and unique detailing all their own!

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