The fountain takes its name from the marble sculpture in the center of the nymphaeum depicting Proserpina being kidnapped from Avernus by Pluto.
This early 17th century marble group, together with the twisted columns sumptuously decorated with vines and tiny cherubs, was regarded as one of the most exquisite baroque scenes in the Villa.
Architecturally it’s similar to the Fountain of the Owl and was designed (like the Fountain of the Dragon) to bring together two separate levels of the Villa.
The fountain is composed of a central nymphaeum flanked by two niches enclosed by four twisted columns and bounded by two staircases which join the different levels of the park. On the whole, the structure is well-balanced.
An impressive complex of buildings which almost looks as if it is one with the surrounding rock...
Patrocinio Comune di Tivoli
Assessorato al Turismo