Fontana delle Naiadi (Fountain of the Naiads)

Fountain of the Naiads in the Tamerici spa park

In Greek mythology, naiads were freshwater nymphs.

The Fountain of the Naiads, a work by Palermo sculptor Mario Rutelli, was placed in the fairy-tale garden of the Tamerici Spa in the 1930s, recalling the beneficial effects of the waters of Montecatini Terme.

It is a prototype of the fountain of the same name in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome, also by Rutelli.

The sculpture consists of four bronze female figures, resting on travertine bases, depicting the Nymph of the Lakesrecognisable by the swan, the Nymph of the Underground Waters, riding a dragon , the Nymph of the Oceans, riding a horse and, finally, the Nymph of the Rivers, lying on a sea monster.

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