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.

 

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