Piazza Nettuno, Bologna
One of the most popular sights in Bologna. You'll find it in piazza maggiore. Really beautiful creation. Neptun itself is made from marmur and bronze in 1563. They say it simbolizes the power of pope "like neptun dominates in waters, so papa dominates in world". At his feet there are four mermaids representing four big world rivers known by then - Gang, Nile, Rio (Amazon), Danube. If you know any local people from Bologna, I'm sure you'll find out the other side of the story with this fountain, in which angle to stand to see not so decent view of neptun, but let's be nice and give contribute to the art. One thing I'm not sure is, just my hypotesis - neptun on the fountain must be a copy of the real one, because in Museum of Archeology you can see another Neptun, which I believe to be an original sculpture.
Anyway, the fountain is really beautifully made.
Piazza Nettuno is the place to hang out. Sit on the steps of what I think is the Municipal Library (wonderful! go inside! see that scary floor!) -- and talk with everyone. Quite an upbeat crowd, no poseurs here, a sort of May 68 atmosphere with a Gothic touch.
The wide street connecting Piazza Maggiore with Piazza del Nettuno is graced by an enormous fountain, the Fontana del Nettuno. The fountain, built in 1566, has bronze statuary by a Flemish sculptor, Jean Boulogne de Douai, who became so famous for the job he was nicknamed 'Giambologna'. A massive figure of Neptune stands on top of the fountain, trident in hand. Neptune is attended by four angels, symbolising the four winds, and four sirens - gleefully watching water spouting from their own breasts - representing the four continents known to the Renaissance world.
It's odd. Great works of art somehow look like great works of art. Well, usually, anyway.
So it is that the Fontana di Nettuno, the famous Neptune fountain from the 16th century (1566 to be precise) was designed by Tommaso Laurent though it's Giambologna's magnificent bronze figures that catch the eye.
There's a certain power about Neptune that dominates the via dell'Indipendenza as it runs into Piazza Maggiore, one of the main focal points of Bologna.
The fountain of Neptune is situated in square Neptune, in the centre of Bologna near Major square. It was built by Flemish sculptor Jean Boulogne, know as Giambologna, and fused in bronze in the 1563.
The original drawing was work of painter Tommaso Laureti and represent the God of the sea surrounded by little monsters, cupids, shells and sirens. In the 1565 a decree established the demolition of a entire block to make place at the work which today represent one of the meeting place more frequented and important. In the 1603 were put up around it a fence of iron and four tub of marble and one of this that was removed with the others in the 1888, it’s been restore of recent.
(Neptune's square) - Just behind Piazza Maggiore is Piazza del Nettuno, where the fountain with the statue of god Neptune is. It was made by Gianbologna. Piazza del Nettuno is also a meeting point, so there are always plenty of people aorund the statue. It's a lively place both night and day!
A popular meeting point for Bolognesi, specially for students.
In order to make room for this statue and to the square bearing the same name, in 1564 a whole block of houses was pulled down, between d'Accursio Palace and King Enzo Palace.
The statue was designed by Tommaso Laureti, from Palermo. It is adorned the with sculptures by the Flemish artist Jean Boulogne de Douai, called Giambologna.
The Fontana de Nettuno is located just off of Piazza Maggiore.
There's not much to say about this fountain, except that at the 4 corners of the 1st level, there are women with water spouting out of their breasts.
You have to find this Piazza first in order to see the Roman statues because they are here. 20 yards away from roman statues u can also see the Duomo. So, this piazza is at very central location.
Roman Statues can be seen at this Duomo Square. These statues are very similar to ones which i saw in Florence. I means that the same emperor constructed them - i guess. They are worth a photo atleast. ;-)
This fountain from XVI century is another symbol of the City. It's masterpiece of Flamish sculptor Jean Boulogne, known as "Il Giambologna". In the background is Pallazo Re Enzo, built in XIII century and it was, for 23 years, the prison of King Enzo, the son of Frederic II.
In this square you’ll find in Neptune fountain. We loved it, as did the pigeons. It dates back to 1566. It is said that Neptune's hand was carefully positioned so as to block the view of his nudity from the Palazzo Re Enzo. The tourist information office is on the opposite side of the square.
Pass by the Fontana di Nettuno on your way to the San Petronio church located in Piazza Maggiore.
This church was originally intended to be larger than St. Peter's in Rome but had to be downsized due to lack of funds. It is because of this that the front facade was left uncompleted. It is still a beautiful church and worth a short visit.
Piazza Maggiore and the Fountain of Neptune
Piazza Maggiore, which is lined with majestic Romanesque and Gothic structures including the barn-like basilica of San Petronio, the Palazzo Re Enzo, and the Palazzo d'Accursio, now home to Bologna's city government as well as a small art gallery.
The nearby 17th-century fountain of Neptune is a symbol of Bologna and popular meeting place.
The Famous Fontana di Nettuno (1566) was designed by tommaso Laureti and decorated with magnificent bronze figures by giambologna.