Contribute to the recovery of the Fountain

The Fontana del Navigante, the lighthouse of the ancient port of Ripetta, will shine again thanks to you!

The Fontana del Navigante (Sailor’s Fountain), just in front of our building, together with the two columns that were used as hydrometers to measure the level of the Tiber river when it swell, are all that is left of the old Ripetta Port, otherwise known as Porto Clementino.

At the beginning of the 18th Century the Ripetta Port represented the main gateway into the city for traders coming via the Tiber river with goods, but also for people voyaging down from Umbria and Lazio. Devoted to cater for the inland waterway traffic, the Ripetta Port was built by Alessandro Specchi with the collaboration of Carlo Fontana and it officially opened on the 16th of August 1704

It is in this very port that barges carrying wood from Otre and Terni cast anchor as well as boats carrying charcoal, wheat and young wines from the North, which Belli and all Romans alike called ‘l’acquaticci de Ripetta’ (The watery weak wines of Ripetta).

Fontana più Stella means Fountain and Star, the name is inspired by the Fontana del Navigante. Commissioned by Pope Clement XI to honor the half-circle above the old port of Ripetta; it was a place of rest and refreshment for all sailors arriving or passing through. A lamppost in wrought iron, decorated with the eight-pointed papal star, stood on the top. Like a small lighthouse it used to facilitate night-time navigation on the Tiber and was an immediate source of water for laborers and dockhands.

It is the work of Filippo Bai and it was carved in the late baroque style.The fountain is designed as a simple oval basin with a convex edge, without ornaments; this basin contains a second vaguely cylindrical basin with grooved edges that would have lent a captivating rain-like effect to the water as it fell into the larger basin. In the middle there are a number of sculptures inspired by the great monumental fountains of the previous century: a rock formation with statues of two dolphins whose tails are crossed, between the dolphins lies a large seashell , while on the top of the rock-formation there is a carving of the trimonzio with the eight-pointed star, coat of arms of Pope Clement XI. On the opposite side of the shell there is a large carving of the papal crest.

The fountain has not been working for years and lies in a poor state of degradation.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to revive the Fontana del Navigante? Wouldn’t it be nice to savour the atmosphere of that time, back at the beginning of the Eighteenth century? To recapture those nights of joyful refreshment basking in the rays of the moon flying high above the city and in the light of the lantern of that fountain?

We at Fontana Più Stella want to do our share.
This is why for each booking made directly through our website, we decided to devolve a percentage to Spazio più Forma (Space plus Shape), a non-profit organization dedicated to the to the development and restoration of areas and landmarks, which will take care of financing the restoration of the fountain.

Testimonials

Dicono di noi

L' appartamento si trova nel cuore di Roma, di fronte l'Ara Pacis, la finestra della sala affaccia sul Lungo Tevere. Le camere ed i bagni tutti ristrutturati, nuovi. La cucina attrezzata. Appartamento perfetto!

Sabrina, Napoli

Siamo stati accolti calorosamente il nostro primo giorno e hanno risposto a tutte le nostre domande. Siamo rimasti davvero soddisfatti dell'appartamento e la posizione era perfetta. Ci torneremo sicuramente in futuro. Grazie per aver contribuito a rendere fantastico il nostro soggiorno a Roma!

Lesli, US

Questo posto ha superato le nostre aspettative, dato che era la prima volta che visitavamo Roma con due bambini piccoli. Il gestore della proprietà, Gianluigi, è stato molto disponibile e cordiale. Ci ha agevolato il check-in e ci ha persino contattato qualche giorno prima del nostro arrivo. L'appartamento si trova nel centro di Roma, tutte le attrattive turistiche sono raggiungibili a piedi. La struttura è spaziosa e i servizi eccellenti, che la rendono un ottimo posto per una famiglia di quattro persone

Mark, New York