Piazza Nettuno, Bologna

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    Admire the fine trident in the guy's hand!

    by alza Updated Feb 20, 2005

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    Officer, this guy is bothering me!

    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.

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    Neptune Fountain

    by Polly74 Written Feb 10, 2005

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    The fountain

    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.

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    Piazza Maggiore

    by iandsmith Written May 28, 2004

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    Powerful Neptune

    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.

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    Fountain of Neptune

    by Azhut Written Apr 10, 2004

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    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.

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    Piazza del Nettuno

    by Gillianina Updated Apr 8, 2004

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    Piazza Nettuno by night
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    (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!

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    Piazza Neptuno

    by Mundus Written Sep 22, 2003

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    Neptune's Statue

    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.

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    Fontana de Nettuno

    by rp6686 Updated Sep 3, 2003
    Fontana de Nettuno

    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.

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    Piazza DEl Nettuno

    by Pakistaniguy Written Apr 5, 2003
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    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.

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    Roman Statues

    by Pakistaniguy Written Mar 15, 2003
    %ft Roman Statues@ Duomo Square%f*

    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. ;-)

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    The Fountain of Neptune

    by prleprle Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Piazza Nettuno.

    by eurotravels Written Sep 8, 2002

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    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.

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    Pass by the Fontana di Nettuno...

    by josie13 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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    Piazza Maggiore and the...

    by vaara Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Fontana di Nettuno

    by orlandom Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    Fontana di Nettuno
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    The Famous Fontana di Nettuno (1566) was designed by tommaso Laureti and decorated with magnificent bronze figures by giambologna.

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    Piazza del Nettuno

    by Aggeliki Written Nov 29, 2003

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    In the center of the piazza there is the Neptune Fountain which is a symbol of the city. The square is usually full of people, as one of the main center in town.

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