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Fontana Maggiore

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Art historians agree: the 13th-century fountain that stands in the centre of Piazza IV Novembre in Perugia is among the most important and best preserved in all of Italy.

The Perugians were able to transform a practical necessity, that of bringing water to the town, into an opportunity to demonstrate in pictures the growing power of their medieval municipality.

Between the two concentric marble basins, surmounted by a large bronze bowl from which jets of water spout vertically, a visual balance is created that is difficult to replicate.

Dozens of small statues and reliefs then decorate the corners and sides of the fountain, recounting in meticulous detail the agricultural activities of the time, as well as legendary stories related to the founding of the city.

Fontana Maggiore

Piazza IV Novembre, 06123 Perugia PG, Italia

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