While exploring Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s grand main square, an imposing figure emerges from the pavement – the towering Neptune Fountain constructed in 1565. Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, stands tall wielding his trident surrounded by mythical figures like mermaids, cherubs, and hippocampi. The dedication plaque indicates it was built to provide drinking water to city residents. As the largest fountain in the city, it makes for an excellent landmark and meeting point. I enjoyed sitting on the edge watching tourists and locals alike gather around Neptune, who seems to proudly lord over his domain in the center of the piazza. Don’t forget to toss a coin over your shoulder into the water for good luck!