|Fontana delle Cariatidi © Deborah Swain|
In our Discover Rome section I thought I'd take a closer look at another one of my favourite fountains – the Fontana delle Cariatidi situated just off Via Cola di Rienzo in the Prati district of Rome. Stretching from the river Tiber to Piazza dei Risorgimenti the elegant tree lined shopping street of Via Cola di Rienzo is well worth a visit in itself and being so very close to St. Peter's Basilica, is an easy addition to any itinerary. The Fontana delle Cariatidi, on the other hand, is overlooked by the Church of San Gioacchino and found in Piazza dei Quiriti. Constructed between 1927-1928, it was designed by the sculptor Attilio Selva (1898 – 1970) and inspired by 17th century designs. At the time of its unveiling however, the nudity of the four female caryatids supporting the large basin topped by a pine cone, caused quite a scandal!
Happy holidays and Buon Ferragosto!