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Fountain Series: Stately – The Italian Gardens, London

One of the four basins with its central fountain (and water lilies).

One of the four basins with its central fountain (and water lilies).

Continuing with last week’s Italian theme, here is my final stately/grand/ornate fountain: the fountains of the Italian Gardens in London’s Kensington Gardens. Dating to 1860, the four basins each have a central rosette fountain, and at the south end you’ll find the Tazza Fountain (photo below). The spot is popular at lunch among workers in nearby offices, which is how I came to know the gardens and fountains.

Here’s something I learned when I looked up the fountains for this post: the building at the left in the photo above originally housed the steam pump that kept the water flowing into the fountains. source

The Tazza Fountain is at the south end of the Italian Gardens, where water arcs into The Long Water (which itself flows into the Serpentine).

The Tazza Fountain is at the south end of the Italian Gardens, where water arcs into The Long Water (which itself flows into the Serpentine).


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