The Piazza San Marco Fountain is not, as you would expect, located in the Piazza San Marco, but on the Pincio hill. Previously, however, the fountain used to be in what is now the Piazza Venezia, in front of the building of the same name. The fountain is also known as Fontana della Vasca (“Fountain of the Tub”).
Piazza San Marco Fountain Rome
Address: Viale Gabriele d’Annunzio – Rome. The fountain can be seen from outside.
History and description
The Piazza San Marco Fountain was designed around the year 1590 by Giacomo della Porta.
An attempt had been made 10 years earlier to place a fountain in what then was still called Piazza San Marco. However, this had proved impossible because of technical difficulties.
The fountain consisted of a hexagonal tub that was placed in an already existing larger tub.
However, there was not enough water for this fountain and in the early 19th century it was demolished and reconstructed on the Pincio hill.