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    Eternal Waters: The Fountains of Rome

Eternal Waters: The Fountains of Rome

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 3.5 hours

No city in the world can boast such a vast number of fountains as Rome! Explore the famous fountains on this 3-hour walking tour.


Rome is a celebration of water. The some 280 fountains that grace the city's piazzas, courtyards and public spaces provide a universal display of falling, gushing and spurting waters that is refreshing to behold on even the hottest summer day. Most were built to mark the endpoint of one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied fresh drinking water to the citizens of Rome, and they are the unique creations of some of the greatest Renaissance and Baroque artists of all time.

This 3 1/2 hour walking tour offers an entertaining and informative history of Rome through its fountains. It begins at the imposing Dioscuri Fountain in front of the Italian President's Palace on the Quirinal Hill and continues on to the most famous of all, the Trevi Fountain. The most enduring - and maybe the quirkiest - legend about Rome is that throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain will ensure your return to the Eternal City (an estimated $4,000 are tossed into the fountain's waters each day). A magnificent Baroque marble structure representing the Roman and Greek sea gods standing side by side, it has become an icon of La Dolce Vita due to its 'starring role' in Federico Fellini's film of the same name.

More fountains are encountered in Piazza Colonna and in the square in front of the Pantheon but it's in Piazza Navona that the Baroque age explodes with Gian Lorenzo Bernini's spectacular Four Rivers Fountain. In the shadow of an immense Egyptian obelisk are symbolic representations of the four major rivers known at that time: the Danube, Ganges, Nile and Plata. Two smaller fountains stand at either end of this elliptical piazza that was once the site of thrilling chariot races under the reign of the Emperor Domitian. If time permits, the final stop of the tour will be Giacomo della Porta's Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain), a charming fountain of the 16th century located in the Jewish Ghetto.

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Private Tour
# of People Price
1 - 6 people $349.00 per group
1 - 6 people $349.00 per group
7 - 8 people $361.00 per person
9 people $373.00 per group
7 - 8 people $361.00 per group
9 people $373.00 per group
10 - 13 people $387.00 per group
10 - 13 people $387.00 per group

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Additional Information

Please note that transportation to/from the meeting point is NOT included in the total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.

Sites Included: Dioscuri Fountain, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Colonna Fountain, Pantheon Fountain, Fountain of the Four Rivers, Fontana del Moro, Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza Farnese Fountains, Fontana delle Tartarughe (if time allows)

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Our Eternal Waters walking tour was very memorable because of Mauro Scarpati, our guide. Mauro is also an expert on Rome and he was great with our kids.

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