Fountain of Neptune, Bologna

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General Information

The Fountain of Neptune is a civic fountain located in the Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna, Italy. The fountain was completed in the 1560’s and was designed by Tommaso Laureti and Giambologna. The fountain that flows is topped with a bronze statue of Neptune, extending his reach in a gesture that makes it look like he is controlling the waters. The fountain was installed to symbolise Pope Pio IV, becoming the political power of the Church in Bologna. The fountain is thought to have inspired the logo design of the car company, Maserati.

Getting there

The fountain is situated in Piazza del Nettuno in the heart of Bologna. The local train station ‘Bologna Centrale’ is a 10-minute walk away. By bus, use any of the following that stops near the square: 11, 14, 19, 20, 29, 30, 62, A, C, T2. Bologna is quite a small city, you can easily walk between sights.

Opening Times and Admission

The fountain is situated in a public square, it is free for the public to visit at any time of the day.

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