He’s back!

He’s back!

Monday, April 30th, 2018

It has been a year and a half since I’ve seen the fountain of Neptune. That’s how long he has been undergoing restoration. I did take a tour of the restoration in progress a year ago and have been anxious to see the results. Now somewhat polished, sans pigeon droppings, oxidation and with cleaned water spouts plus a new lighting system.

By day

I had first seen this fountain many years ago, I think about 1995 when I was visiting several cities in Italy including Bologna. At that time each of the, I suppose mermaids, was spouting water from her nipples. Now only one is still active. Someone told me that since the water here has a lot of calcium it blocks the water ways. I guess they need something like big pipe cleaners to keep those nipples spouting.

Only one of the mermaids is spouting water

The new lighting – doesn’t seem much different of better than the old lighting.

It’s great to see the old guy back. He’s been there since 1567 and has been restored several times and this last one was probably the most thorough and certainly used ever modern means possible to care for him. I sure that this will not be the last time that he get some tender loving care.


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