Fontana delle Tartarughe, Piazza Mattei
I have a secret to confess. I am in love with this fountain. Located in Piazza Mattei, right by the Jewish Ghetto, it was under restoration when I first moved to Rome. When it was finally revealed a few years ago, the results were spectacular. “The boys,” as I’ll call them, are so delicate and refined. Last month NYC/Caribbean Ragazza wrote a great blog with photos about the Fontana delle Tartarughe, which reminded me that I needed to get out and photograph it. Shelley over on Really Rome also wrote a nice blog entry with some of the history on the fountain a few years ago. I’ll leave the words to others and photos for me! By the way, if you’re wondering why the coloring of the first photo looks different, it’s because I used a custom white balance for effect. What’s white balance? Basically it’s a reading that tells the camera what in your photo should be white and then all the other colors are based from there. The street lamps in Rome generally give an orange glow, hence the orange tinge to the evening photos. However, I liked the bluish tinge the custom white balance gave to that top photo. See all the crystals cascading down in the door behind the fountain? That’s the Swarovski crystal store also in the piazza…tres chic.
And just so you can all find it, once again here’s a Google map of Piazza Mattei.
By the way, if you are in Rome and free tomorrow, don’t forget that the opening for the group exhibit I’m participating in at Gloss is opening. Aperitivo starts at 7:30 pm. For details you can see my post about the RomePhotoBlog exhibit I did there are the end of January.