Tortoises in Valle Giulia

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Fontane di Valle Giulia_3Scalea Bruno Zevi
Always visible.

For the Universal Exhibition in 1911, in Valle Giulia, the architect Cesare Bazzani built twin fountains in front of the new building housing the National Gallery of Modern Art, which he himself designed, at the end of the stairway leading to Villa Borghese.
They both have a wide circular basin coming out of the ground, with a stem in the middle decorated with garlands supporting an elegant bowl. From here, a modest jet of water flows into the lower basin, decorated with eight tortoises.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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