No reviews, be the first!

  • Address: Via G. Garibaldi, Messina, Italy

Messina ATTRACTIONS See all

Neptune's Fountain (Fontana di Nettuno) Tours

The powerful figure of Neptune appears in many fountains around Italy, including the Fontana di Nettuno - Neptune’s Fountain - in Messina. The Messina version was completed in 1557 by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli.

Montorsoli designed the Neptune figure to face the city of Messina from its original position near the harbor. The fountain was moved to its currently location in Piazza dell’Unità after it was damaged.

Neptune stands above a tiered fountain in the Messina square, holding his signature trident over the sculpted figures of two sea monsters representing two particularly treacherous rocks near Messina’s harbor. Neptune’s hand originally reached toward the city in a gesture of protection, though in the fountain’s current location his arm reaches toward the sea. Many tours of Messina’s city center include a stop at the fountain.

Practical Info

The Messina fountain predates the more famous Neptune fountain in Florence by seven years, and was probably an influence on the Florentine design.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Messina Segway Tour, Messina, null

Messina Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Get to know Messina on a self-balancing electric Segway! With little effort and lots of fun, glide around the wide boulevards with a guide, learning all about ...  Read more

Location: Messina, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.93

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message