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Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica (30)

Piazza Della Repubblica is the name used by strangers to refer to this place, since the locals from Rome know it as Piazza Esedra, due to its exedra shape or semicircular recess. The square is just a few metres from the Termini train station and opposite the Baths of Diocletian, of which it once formed part of. 

In fact, the place was built during the period of urban development of the city, and in its previously elegant portico there were some of the most distinguished shops. However, if you go across the square today, you will only come across banks, bars and adult cinema venues.

In any case, in the centre of the square you can see a small jewel: the Fontana delle Naiadi, produced by Mario Rutelli in 1901. This work caused a big polemic and indignation in its time due to the voluptuousness of its nude nymphs. You will see four nymphs in all: the Nymph of the Lake, accompanied by a swan, the Nymph of the Rivers, alongside a Freshwater snake, the Nymph of the Oceans, alongside a seahorse, and the Nymph of the Underground Waters, supported by a mysterious lizard. In the centre you will see the sea god Glaucus, who symbolises the domination of man over nature.  

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