At the bottom of Via Monteoliveto, on the piazza with the same name, not far from the faculty of architecture, stands the ... More
Fontana di Monteoliveto (La)
At the bottom of Via Monteoliveto, on the piazza with the same name, not far from the faculty of architecture, stands the Monteoliveto fountain; an elegant example of urban decoration. It was constructed in 1668 by Antonio Cafaro. The base is massive and the basin is made from marble - its sides form an equilateral triangle side decorated by some masks, sea animals and spirals. The water comes through the mouth of three lions, while eagles hold up the corbel of the triangular base upon which stands a bronze statue of Charles II of Spain, the last king of Spain from the Hapsburg dynasty.
Charles Bourbon built his palace in 1734 in a wood where he could indulge in his favorite passion hunting. To
reach the park, take the Via Santa Teresa degli Scalzi, then Corso Amedeo di Savoia and Via Capodimonte, and ...
The Church of San Francesco di Paola was built as an offering from Ferdinando di Borbone after his return from
exile in Palermo during the French occupation. The project was drawn up by the architect Pietro Bianchi in 1816. ...
Tradition has it that throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain guarantees a swift return to the
world's most beautiful city. Anita Ekberg's dip in it was immortalized in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Earlier Fontana ...