The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana del Nettuno) is one of the most famous fountains in Rome, and is located on the Piazza Navona. There is another fountain with the same name, in the Piazza del Popolo! First built with only a basin (which lasted for hundreds of years), the fountain was finished in 1878, by two sculptors, Antonio delle Bitta and Gregorio Zappala. The main sculpture shows Neptune battling an octopus, and other sculptures that fit the ancient mythological theme of Nereids, cupids, and walruses.
Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:
Break students into groups and ask them to take a virtual walking tour of Rome. Using Google maps and images, have each group find several fountains that they love. What drew them to these fountains? Is it the art, the shape of the fountain or square, or something else?
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