Typical Roman materials, such as travertine stone and porphyry, have deliberately been used in the courtyard.
The rim round the fountain is an original piece from the 16th century; the basin consists of a slab of diagonally veined Carrara marble while the plate is of stark white statuary marble, where the water slides through with shimmering effect like a flame in the hearth. The architects took their inspiration from the "carpets of water" in India, which mark the thresholds of the internal courtyards of the Maharaja palaces.
The space around is of elegant and sophisticated design, ideal for passing a
few moments of relaxation, or for having supper or lunch in the seasons of fine
weather which the "Eternal City" so generously provides.