Fontana delle Tartarughe

Lonely Planet review

This playful much-loved 16th-century fountain depicts four boys gently hoisting tortoises up into a bowl of water. Now covered in scaffolding, it's the subject of a romantic fairy tale which holds that it was created in a single night in 1585.

The story goes that Taddeo Landini crafted it for the Duke of Mattei, who had gambled his fortune away and was on the verge of losing his fiancée. On seeing the fountain, Mattei’s future father-in-law was so impressed that he relented and let Mattei marry his daughter. The tortoises were added by Bernini in 1658.