The fountain with donkey’s ears

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Roma_Mascherone con orecchie d'asino_Piazza Campitelli

Piazza Campitelli
Always visible.

The fountain was commissioned by Pope Sixtus V and designed by Giacomo della Porta in 1589. Initially positioned right in front of the entrance to the church of Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli, it was moved because the voices of the people who gathered around the fountain caused disturbance to religious ceremonies. It is said that the Pope himself ordered the large donkey’s ears to be added to the fountain, to admonish the Romans who gathered there to chat amongst themselves.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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How to get the step: The fountain with donkey’s ears

Piazza di Campitelli, 00186 Roma, Italy


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