The Fountains of Bellagio : A Little Piece of Europe
Robert Erickson Copyright
The heart of the Strip, in Las Vegas is home to one of the America's
most ambitious and striking water features; the Fountains of the Bellagio
Hotel. With perpetual motion and nightly water shows accompanied by lights
and music, the Fountains of Bellagio entertain and charm its visitors into
coming back for more. The fountains offer an extremely modernized version
of the traditional light and water shows in Europe.
The company responsible for designing and maintaining the Fountains of
Bellagio is called Wet Design. They specialize in intricately designed
light and water shows. The Fountains of Bellagio are actually a series
underwater pipes which have in excess of a thousand nozzles. In addition,
the fountains have four thousand individual lights which are accompanied
with a stunning and state of the art sound system.
There are three type of fountain nozzles
used in the show. The first type of nozzles are called oarsmen. This
nozzle causes the water to swing back and forth and give the appearance
that the water is dancing. The second type of nozzles are called shooters.
This type of nozzle makes water shoot straight up in the air and can be
adjusted to accommodate any angle. The third type of nozzles are called
jets. Jets eject the water at a high rate of speed, blasting 250 feet in
the air. Shows occur several times a day and are completely free and open
to the public. The display features music ranging from opera to rock,
attracting an interesting mixture of people; young and old appreciate the
The Bellagio Fountains are located directly in front of the Bellagio
Hotel on the famous Las Vegas strip. The fountains themselves are in the
center of a 32,000 square foot artificial lake. This hotel was inspired by
the exclusive Italian resort at Lake Como. Lake Como is a vacation spot
located in the city of Bellagio, Italy. It is known for its lush gardens,
elaborate water features, and endless luxury. The Bellagio Hotel is one of
the most famous hotels and casinos in Las Vegas.
The Bellagio Fountains are a marvel in modern engineering. These
beautiful fountains are hard to miss and allow the visitor to experience a
bit of European charm in America.
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