A Tourist in Rome - Fountain in Piazza dell'Aracoeli
|Location:||Across the street (Via del Teatro di Marcello) from the stairways to Santa Maria in Aracoeli and the Campidoglio|
|Metro:||Colloseo, or Circo Massimo and Bus #160, or see it on my To the Forum Boarium and Beyond Walking Tour instead|
|Time:||about 10 minutes|
|Hours:||Viewable at any time|
In 1589 the fountain was designed by Jacopo della Porta. A round basin at ground level catches water that flows off a boat-shaped moss-covered bowl, which catches water that flows off a smaller upper boat-shaped bowl, which catches water sprayed out the top of a decoration in the center of that upper bowl which includes four small children pouring water from jugs. The fountain is a bit overwhelmed by its location on a very busy street, by the stairways to Santa Maria in Aracoeli and the Campidoglio, and by the Victor Emmanuel Monument just up the street a bit.