Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) Tours

Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe)
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Rome’s Trastevere district, the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) is one of many important monuments found in the historic Jewish Ghetto. The collaborative masterpiece of sculptor Taddeo Landini and architect Giacomo della Porta, the fountain was built between 1580 and 1588, and stands at the center of the Piazza Mattei.

A prime example of late Renaissance art, the fountain’s design features a central pedestal depicting four ephebes perched on marble shells, each lifting turtles to the upper water basin. Today, the original bronze turtles that gave the fountain its name have been replaced by replicas thanks to a spate of thieving, while the originals are preserved in the Capitoline Museums. 

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The Turtle Fountain is located on Piazza Mattei, in the Trastevere district of Rome.
Address: Piazza Mattei, Roma 00186, Italy
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The Heart of Ancient Rome and Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover two of Rome’s oldest and best-preserved historic neighborhoods on a 3-hour morning walking tour of the Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto districts. Hear tales of local history from a guide as you pass by highlights like the Byzantine Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Tiber Island, Portico d'Ottavia temple and Bernini’s Turtle Fountain. Finish at a traditional open-air market, where you’ll enjoy a slice of true Roman life with take-away pizza.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Panoramic Segway Tour of Rome

Rome is a sight to behold from any angle, with its ancient monuments and Renaissance architecture. On this 2-hour Segway tour, you’ll zip along cobbled streets and through bustling piazzas in search of the Eternal City’s most spectacular viewpoints. Head for the hills for unparalleled vistas of the Tiber River and Rome’s dome-dotted cityscape; discover a secret spot from which to see St Peter’s Basilica; and get panoramic views of Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and other star attractions. This small-group tour is limited to just six participants, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention throughout.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Budget Street Food Tour of Campo de Fiori, Jewish Ghetto & Pantheon with Gelato

Capped at only 16 people, this small-group tasting tour takes you on a culinary journey through some of Rome’s most scenic neighborhoods. Browse the produce stalls at Campo de' Fiori, and help yourself to freshly-prepared bruschetta and olive oil from the bustling marketplace. Then, head to the former Jewish Ghetto for a taste of fried artichoke— a longstanding local specialty.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome Semi-Private Food Experience

Savor the flavors of Rome on a 4-hour evening food experience. With a sommelier-guide, learn about Roman cuisine and visit six food stops, including upscale eateries, 'trattorias' (informal restaurants), and food stalls to taste local treats and delicacies. Sample Prosecco and Rome-Jewish staples like deep-fried artichokes, savor pizza and 'gelato' (ice cream), and enjoy Roman pasta and wine at a restaurant overlooking the Pantheon. Tastings, equivalent to a 4-course dinner, included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rome Sunday Tour

Spend a delicious Sunday tasting your way through Europe's oldest Jewish neighborhood on this 3-hour walking food tour in Rome. Visit Anthony Bourdain’s favorite Kosher-style restaurant and try authentic Jewish-Roman specialties like fried artichokes, cured meats, and ricotta cake. Watch a gelato-making demo and sip Italian craft beer, all while learning the ancient history of this fascinating community along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Civitavecchia Port Excursions For Returning Travellers Private Service

Are you sure you have seen Rome? Get a vip service in this very exclusive itinerary off The Beaten path driving Tour of Rome, where you will discover areas of Rome you didnt even realise it existed or you havent had time to do in the past, The following Itinerary is only possible with a driver at your disposition.  This Tour will be just you and your family (**Note** price is for 8 passengers,  Not per person)
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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