The Neptune’s Fountain

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La stata del Nettuno ©JJ Peg
what to see in bologna - fontana del nettuno
La stata del Nettuno ©JJ Peg

The fountain of Neptune has always contended for the title of the symbol of Bologna with the Two Towers. This masterful statue is featured on countless postcards and iconic images of the city.

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The Neptune in a nutshell

Built in marble and bronze it stand in Neptune’s square, the fountain dates back to 1566 and was commissioned by Pier Donato Cesi  in honour of the pontifical government.

Where Is

The statue is located in piazza Nettuno 40121, Bologna and is visible at any time of the day.

Neptune fountain in Bologna, Italy
Neptune Fountain

More about Neptune

Its symbolism is very clear, from above god of sea rules on the waters and so does the pope on the world.

There are many curiosities about this statue. For example: few people know that Maserati was inspired by statue for the realization of its logo.

The Neptune hides one of the Seven Secrets

The Neptune’s fountain is also the subject of a metropolitan legend, the seven secrets of Bologna.

To unravel this secret, one should look at the statue from a certain perspective but at the moment the fountain, being restored, is surrounded by a scaffold that does not allow it to be admired in its entirety.

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This article was written by:
Ivan Agolino
I am a curious traveler and I passionately dedicate myself to the search for new tastes and emotions. I have made Bologna my home and every day I venture into its alleys to discover some new secret that I transcribe in these articles. I hope I can convey all the love I feel for this splendid city!
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