Sights and attractions in Koper - Portorož - Piran

Vodnjak Da Ponte

The biggest city fountain is a reproduction of the Rialto Bridge in Venice. It was commissioned in 1666 by podesta Lorenzo da Ponte, whose family coat of arms depicts an image of a bridge and whose name was also lent to the fountain itself. At the foot of the arch rising above the fountain, there are four figures with water flowing from their mouths. The figures on the left resemble mythological creatures Gorgons, daughters of Phorcys, conceived by Neptune. The other two are images of deities, one with hair in the shape of a shell and the other with a male head with a turban.