The Orione Fountain is made with famous Marble from Carrara and it adds even more beauty to Piazza Duomo.
The Orione Fountain is one of the best attractions in the city of Messina. It is located in Piazza Duomo close to the Duomo and its fascinating Bell Tower. This lovely fountain adds even more beauty to this square.
The Orion Fountain was built in the 1500s to inaugurate the opening of the first aqueduct in Messina. It was designed by the florentine Fra’ Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli, a disciple of Michelangelo who his the same artist of the Nettuno fountain. The fountain was meant to depict Orione, the mythical founder of Messina. The statue of Orione was placed on the top of this pyramidal shaped fountain, and beneath there are four statues that represent the Tiber, Nile, Ebro and Camaro rivers. Other statues and monster looking figure decorate the whole fountain. From special orders of Montorsoli, the marble used for the fountain came from Carrara which was considered the be the best in Italy. This national monument may just be a fountain, but its certainly a pretty looking fountain!
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Times: All day
Address: Piazza Duomo, Messina