Fountain in the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

Fountain in the Piazza S. Maria in Trastevere

The Fountain in the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest fountains in the city of Rome.  It’s the focal point of the piazza which is a bustling square at night with its many restaurants and bars that line the piazza. The fountain is said to have kept its original design over the centuries, with only minor alterations to the decorations as well as the fountain’s water capacity.  The fountain borrows on iconography used on other fountains in the city, and you can see the familiar symbol of the wolf as well as that of the seashell.  Also surprising is the fountain’ss location:  in the past, this was one of the poorest sections of Rome.  It would be very rare for such a large and expensive monument to be placed in a section of the city where presumably no one of social importance would see it.

You can watch a video of the fountain at Il Suono delle Fontane di Roma.