Sculpted by Frenchman Giambologna in 1566, the bronze statue of Neptune waving his trident aloft is a classic example of the High Mannerist art of the late Renaissance.
At the base of the Neptune Fountain, or Fontana del Nettuno, in the circular pools, the four sirens spouting water from their breasts represent the four continents. Four cherubs represent the winds.
The fountain is particularly effective when floodlit at night.
Our guide Paula was very informative. Very cordial. No better way to get to understand a new foreign city.
This tour was wonderful and the guide was fabulous! She shared history, anecdotes and adjusted the tour to show us the food side of Bologna, which was of great interest to us!
The muscular statue of Neptune Fountain stands on a pretty Renaissance plinth on the western edge of Piazza Maggiore, in the heart of the old city.