In Piazza della Chiesa Nuova stands one of Rome's more curious fountains. It is known as the Fontana della Terrina, on account of its resemblance to a soup tureen!
The fountain dates back to the reign of Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572-85). The marble basin didn't originally have a lid; this was only added in 1622 to stop horses drinking from the fountain.
The Fontana della Terrina once stood in the centre of Campo dei Fiori, but it was dismantled in 1889 to make room for the monument to Giordano Bruno. In 1925 it was reassembled in its present position.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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