Fountain of Neptune Rome (Piazza Navona)
History and description
The Fountain of Neptune was designed in 1873 by Antonio della Bitta who had had to win a competition in order to be assigned the task. The reason it was built was that another fountain was needed to create a symmetry with the Fountain of the Moor on the other side of the rectangular square.
Gregorio Zappalà was responsible for the sculpture group consisting of sea-horses, putti (Cupids), dolphins and mermaids.
The fountain was finished in 1878.
The central, and most famous, fountain in Piazza Navona is called the Fountain of the Four Rivers.