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Fontana dei Fiumi

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You want to see something that's equal parts stunning and historical? Look no further than Fontana dei Fiumi, or the "Fountain of the Rivers" in English. This fountain is located in the Piazza Navona in Rome, and it's a real jaw-dropper. It was built in the late 16th century by the famous artist Gianlorenzo Bernini and it's considered one of the masterpieces of his early career. The fountain depicts the four major rivers of the four continents known at the time: the Danube, Ganges, Nile and Rio de la Plata. It's a real beauty to see.

The best time to see the fountain would be during the day, when the sun is shining and the water is sparkling. The square it's located in, Piazza Navona, is also worth a visit during the day, as it's surrounded by charming cafes, gelaterias and souvenir shops.

You can also visit the fountain at night, when the square and the fountain are lit up, providing a romantic and very beautiful atmosphere. But I would recommend visiting it during the day if you can, as the details and the sculptures are more visible during the daylight.

No matter when you go, Fontana dei Fiumi is a must-see for any history buff or anyone who appreciates stunning architecture and art.

Interesting things to know about Fontana dei Fiumi

  • Fun fact: The Fountain of the Rivers depicts four figures representing the major rivers of the four known continents at the time: the Danube, Ganges, Nile, and Rio de la Plata. The figures are made of marble and each of them have a unique expression and pose, representing the mood and characteristics of the corresponding river.
  • Curiosity: The Fontana dei Fiumi was commissioned by Pope Innocent X, a member of the powerful Pamphili family, which was related to the artist Gianlorenzo Bernini. The fountain was designed as a symbol of the papacy's authority over the four known continents and as an expression of the family's glory.
  • Interesting fact: The fountain is considered a masterpiece of the artist Gianlorenzo Bernini, it was built in the late 16th century, it was one of his early works, but it already showed his exceptional skill in sculpture, architecture, and engineering. It is an excellent example of the Baroque style of art, with its dynamic and ornate forms, movement, and sensuality. It's a must-see for art lovers.

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