Fountain of Neptune in Rovereto
Lost its Trident
Like in many other Italian cities there is a fountain of Neptune in Rovereto. The Roman sea god rules over one of the most adorable piazzas surrounded by houses with wooden shutters and crumbling frescos. For this he needs his trident.
The Fountain of Neptune in Rovereto is old. With a history dating back to 1736 it is up to 30 years older than the Fountain of Neptune in nearby Trento, which is important for local self awareness. It was also one of the first fountains to be completely renovated in the late noughties, when Rovereto relaunched itself as a ‘città dell’acqua’.
A Local Icon
Not that Neptune had been standing on the charming Piazza delle Oche also known as Piazza Cesare Battisti in Rovereto for long. The fountain was originally created by a little known sculptor named Domenico Molin from val Badia near Bolzano, and it had moved around a bit before it ended up in the centre of Rovereto in 1976. Since then the Fountain of Neptune in Rovereto has been a local icon of a more permanent nature than the brief stays of Dante, Mozart and Goethe that helped to put Rovereto on the map.
Acts of Vandalism
So naturally the whole town was dismayed, when vandals stole Neptune’s trident in august 2012.
According to Roman mythology, Neptune uses the three-pronged spear to rule the ocean along with springs, lakes and rivers and to create new bodies of water, and the disarmament rendered the god rather impotent. It didn’t help that jokers tried placing umbrellas and a tv-aerials in Neptune’s right hand instead of the trident. At the end the council ordered a new trident that was identical with the one that had gone missing.
Since then The Fountain of Neptune in Rovereto has been fully equipped to guard the flow of pedestrians on one of the most adorable squares in town. And the original trident was later found in a ditch.