Viterbo, Italy's Fontana Grande is aptly named. It's truly grand - sprawling across a busy intersection and reminding everyone just how old it is -over 800 years old. It's an odd fit for a modern world of cars and trucks. For a town that is known as the "city of fountains," this medieval monster is the biggest surprise.
Yearly, I'd shuffled by it multiple times a day. It seemed too big to tackle, until finally, one day, the light shined upon it just right - nicely slicing up its stone base, and setting it apart from the buildings behind. The great sketcher JMW Turner said that "the sun is God" and on that day, the sun did God's work for me - making the complex, clear.
Unfortunately, I've never seen water spray from Fontana Grande like it's depicted in earlier works of art. The water drips slowly and quietly - attracting very few people to sit and stay. Instead, the massive work of peperino stone acts is an enormous birdbath.