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Fontana del Nettuno

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Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Sculptor Giambologna's elaborate 1563–66 Baroque fountain and monument to Neptune occupying Piazza Nettuno has been aptly nicknamed "Il Gigante" (The Giant). Its exuberantly sensual mermaids and undraped god of the sea drew fire when it was constructed, but not enough, apparently, to dissuade the populace from using the fountain as a public washing stall for centuries. Restoration efforts are planned for most of 2017.

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Piazza Nettuno, next to Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, 40125, Italy

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Published 06/07/2016


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