An Untapped Pleasure

July 7, 2010 / Art & Archaeology
Rome, Italy

Rome is meant for the adventurous at heart, the urban explorers of the world.

The city contains many hidden pleasures and layers of history, from the littlest vicolo to the grandest palazzo.

UntappedPleasure2Amidst the ancient ruins and enchanting neighborhoods are a plethora of fountains encompassing any and all styles imaginable that often get overlooked.

Not the Trevi of course, which is undeniably breathtaking, but those forgotten fountains that are well worth taking your time to find.

They await you with replenishing, cold water all year round.

You’ll be surprised at what you find sitting there around the next corner!


Ian Zurzolo

by Ian Zurzolo

Writer, editor, American University of Rome graduate, Italian Notebook Editorial Intern.

10 Responses to “An Untapped Pleasure”

  1. Linda Boccia

    Dear Ian:

    I have lived in Roma as a student and my husband was born in Roma, although he did become an American citizen many years ago. I was there as a student, we lived in Monte Sacro, which is now changed from when I was there, and most recently we lived in Prati when my husband was working on the Messina bridge project. We had no car and walked or took the metro everywhere. Since I majored in Italian as a graduate student and it is my husband’s first language, we encountered so many lovely people and now have friends that we always see when in town. You are right that if you truly walk the city, which we all know has more than seven hills, you see hidden treasures. Thank you for pointing them out.

  2. Love fountains! Thanks for sharing this; it’s so true that walking around most towns in Italian will reveal these little hidden fountain treasures.

  3. Linda Boccia

    Dear Ian:

    I love Rome and the fountains and little unexpected courtyards with same are fabulous. Am envious that you are there and I’m only in San Francisco or 15 miles nearby. ciao, ciao and if you like licorice, which you may not, go to Castroni and try their fabulous selections of same and also their great coffee!

  4. Joan Schmelzle

    I have found the “book fountain” on a previous trip, but am not familiar with the other two that I can remember. Can you tell me what or where they are? I am returning to Rome in November for the 12th or 13th time. One of the activities I have planned is a “fountain crawl” for want of a better name. In planning I have used a booklet I picked up in a Rome Information Center when I was there in 2007. It is called Rome–the culture of water. I am looking forward to this a lot. I enjoyed the Notebook piece.

  5. Joseph D. Spano
    Joseph D. Spano

    so much is spoken of Trevi, certainly for good reason, but you are right to suggest a tour to find the many splendors of Rome written in fountains

  6. Barbara Goodale

    I also would love to know where the fountains are located for my next visit. Great article! Grazie

  7. Ian,

    do you take all the great photos that appear in your articles? LOVE THEM.

  8. Albert

    H V Morton’s book ‘The Fountains of Rome’ is well worth trying to find.
    I had a holiday in Rome several years ago when I tried to find all the fountains mentioned in the book. I did find most of them, but not the one with the books. where is that, please? And where are the other two mentioned by JS – both on this site and in Rome?

  9. Joan Schmelzle

    Hi Albert,
    According to my pamphlet the Fountain of the Books is on Via degli Staderari. It is near to the complex of Sant’ Ivo alla Sapienze, which was once the seat of the University of Rome. I also have a copy of “The Fountains of Rome,” and in leafing through it just now I spotted the top picture. It is the Rione fountain of the Borgo and called the Fountain of the Cannonballs. I will add it to my search this fall. I have seen most of the fountains in the book, but I will work through it again to see if I can place and find the ones I have not seen.


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