The Fountain of Neptune, nicknamed “Al Żigànt”, “the giant", in the bolognese dialect by the locals because of Neptune’s size, is located in Bologna in Piazza del Nettuno.It was build and completed between 1563 and 1565 by the Palermitan architect Tommaso Laureti.The statue was an early design by Giambologna.In the centre of the tank of the fountain, there is a base where there are four Nereids holding their breasts, from which jets of water emerge. The base is decorated with pontifical emblems, ornaments that - connected to four cherubs - hold dolphins (which are allegorical representation of major rivers from the then-known corners of the world: the Ganges, the Nile, the Amazon River, and the Danube. In the centre of this base raises the majestic figure of the Neptune sculpted by Giambologna's; the statue is a typical expressions of the manneristic theatricality.The Neptune stretches his left hand in a lordly gesture, appearing to be aiming to placate the waves; this posture is interpreted as symbolic exaltation of the new power of the Pope Pius IV: just as Neptune was the master of the seas, the Pope was the master of Bologna and of the world.A local anecdote also tells of a particular expedient put in place by Giambologna, who intended to find a way to make Neptune with the larger genitalia, without being discovered and admonished by the Church originally made him censor the statue. The sculptor designed the statue in such a way that from a particular angle the thumb of the outstretched hand of Neptune seems to appear directly from the lower abdomen, suggesting an erect genital.As proof of it, in the pavement of the square there is a black stone, also called "of shame" placed in a very specific point (at the foot of the entrance staircase of the Salaborsa library). The fountain is an icon, reflected in symbols, commercials and logos.The trident inspired the Maserati’s logo.
Nettuno Square is located in the center of the old city. There is a bronze fountain with a statue of Poseidon in the middle. The square is surrounded by historic buildings, there are also many street performers, and the flow of people is extremely dense.
Do you know what to see in Bologna? There are colonnades all over the city, and you are not afraid of wind, sun and rain when you walk under the colonnades. In addition, Bologna is a university city with a strong book atmosphere. Most of the city is filled with students
The square is named after the bronze-casted fountain of the sea gods in the square, created by the famous French sculptor Giambologna in 1566. The upper part of the sculpture is a three-metre-high sea god with a three-speared spear. At the feet of the sea gods, four little angels are playing with dolphins, representing the wind, and four body-rich female sea demons symbolize the four famous continents before the formation of the ocean.
It is almost impossible in the east to have statues in many of the plazas in Italy, most of which are bare, the statues of the plaza Netunnu are beautiful and artistic, and most notably the water from the fountains of the plaza is ejected from the nipples of the four sculptured girls.