Latona's story and message
When you get to the fountain, walk to the right around it, and stop with your back to the Royal Way. The woman at the very top is Latona. I like to approach her from this angle to get the closest look possible at her worried face. Oh how she's imploring the sky for help.
Feel free to stand here, or walk around Latona as I continue her tale. Her young son Apollo is held close by her left arm, and her daughter Diana is in a panic at her feet. Her illegitimate twins are the product of a night's passion with Jupiter.
Jupiter's wife Juno has cast out the 'other' woman Latona, who's fleeing for her life. The young mother has wandered into the village of Lycia with her twins, where she seeks to quench their thirst. The local peasants mock her, and stir up the muddy river bed, preventing her and her offspring from drinking.
In dry-throated desperation, Latona calls to the heavens, begging Jupiter to relieve their suffering. Jupiter answers by striking the peasants, changing them into frogs, turtles and salamanders. Here you see their twisted fingers becoming webbed, their anguished faces shocked and widening, open mouths seeming to croak.
Make your way toward the part of the fountain on the side of little Apollo.