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Strange and stunning: Italy’s most beautiful fountains

As ubiquitous as pasta, fountains can be found in every region in Italy. Whether a tiny drinking fountain or a massive sculptural landmark, they provide historical context and inimitable charm to piazzas and private residences throughout the country. From a fountain that survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to another that stretches on for over a mile, here are a few of our favorites.

  • 1. Fountain of Neptune, Rome

    Fountain of Neptune, Rome

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    The Fountain of Neptune in Rome's Piazza Navona is at its loveliest—and least touristed—at dawn.

  • 2. Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo, Siena

    Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo, Siena

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    A detail of the Madonna and Child at the Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo, Siena. The fountain dates back to the 14th century.

  • 3. Fountain on a lake

    Fountain on a lake

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    A rustic fountain overlooks Lake Como in the garden of Villa Monastero.

  • 4. Four Rivers Fountain, Rome

    Four Rivers Fountain, Rome

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    An Egyptian obelisk is surrounded by river gods meant to represent the four primary rivers of Italy at the monumental Four Rivers Fountain in Rome.

  • 5. Caserta Royal Palace Fountain

    Caserta Royal Palace Fountain

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    The massive fountain at the Caserta Royal Palace (which was modeled after Versailles) in Caserta stretches on for over a mile, and is surrounded by Italian and English gardens.

  • 6. Ancient fountain of Pompeii

    Ancient fountain of Pompeii

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    The fountain at Casa del Fauno in Pompeii, which was largely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

  • 7. Trevi Fountain

    Trevi Fountain

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    The largest Baroque fountain in Rome, Trevi Fountain is one of Italy's most famous—and most visited—landmarks.

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