In the gardens of the Vatican, to the left of the Bramante staircase, stands the delightful Fontana della Galea (Fountain of the Galleon), the work of the Dutch architect Hans van Zanten (c. 1550-1620), known in Italy as Giovanni Vasanzio.
The fountain takes the form of a miniature galleon of the papal fleet, a meticulous replica complete with all the characteristics of the real ship.
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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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