Piazza della Rocca Fountain Viterbo
The first version of the fountain already existed in the Middle Ages and was known as the Fontana di San Pietro alla Rocca.
In the 15th century, an approximately two-metre-wide basin was added to this fountain.
The current version was designed in 1566 by Vignola, who was in nearby Caprarola to build the Palazzo Farnese, and was summoned to Viterbo to build the fountain.
The original design was a failure. The upper parts of the fountain were too heavy and the danger of the work falling over was very great.
Finally, the whole fountain was demolished and rebuilt with the same material.
The fountain is octagonal in shape. A number of steps lead to an equally octagonal basin, above which two smaller basins can be seen. At the top of the fountain, you can see the iris, the symbol of the Farnese family.