The humble water fountain

Italy is a country with an abundance of water, where you find beautifully refreshing water fountains with drinkable water for everyone even in the biggest cities.

The result is the beautiful art work that is used to celebrate the gift of water which we can see throughout Italy.

The water fountain becomes an elaborate altar, a church dedicated to the celebration of this sustaining element.

There are endless examples. Here are some I have come across. No doubt a visit to Italy will lead you to discover still more.

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An ancient looking water fountain at San Piero Patti in Sicily’s province of Messina.

 

 

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A sad relic left from the original Quattro Fontane of Messina which survived the earthquake of 1901, these fountain heads must have been stunning with water coming out of them.

 

 

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The detail of some sinister looking Tritons on the water fountain in front of the Duomo at Messina.

 

 

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The ultimate water fountain. The Trevi, Rome. Literary called the Trevi or the Three streets because it occupies nearly a block!!

 

 

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                                      Stunning Trevi, Rome.

 

 

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                                     Can’t get enough of it!!

 

 

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                                     A detail of the Trevi.

 

 

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                                     Neptune at the Trevi.

 

 

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Beautiful details at the Trevi.

 

The Unwilling Expat

4 thoughts on “The humble water fountain

  1. Having just visited the Trevi fountain, I can say I was suitably awed. Having being told I would be underwhelmed by seeign it, when I walked along a cobbled street in the rain and suddenly came upon it, I was anything but. I returned later in the evening to see it lit up by night and again the next day in dazzling sunshine. Truly beautiful.

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  2. I love the Trevi fountain. We stumbled upon it after walking Rome and the Vatican for an entire day. Our feet hurt, we were sweating (August in Rome) and all three of us were grumpy. We came around a corner and there was the Trevi fountain. Suddenly our energy was back and our case of the grumpies had left us. It is amazing.

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