Monday, March 09, 2009

Fontana dell'Acqua on Gianicolo Hill

I took these photos a few months ago. This huge fountain is visible from Trastevere and other parts of the city. It was built in the 1600s with the basin being added in 1690 by Carlo Fontana (really).

This pool of fresh water is from an ancient aqueduct built in AD 109. Don't think about taking a dip though. There are armed men and women with machines guns standing around. Security is pretty heavy due to all the embassies in the area.




7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stunning! That's really freshwater? Crazy!

gibber

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Gil said...

What beautiful pictures!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gibber - yes it is.

rita - grazie. I'll stop by

gil - thank you. It's helps to have a beautiful subject.

Jonny said...

I remember very well walking up the Gianicolo one a hot morning in May, thinking it might be a short-cut from Trastevere to the Vatican. By the time we reached la fontana, we were ready to throw ourselves in, armed guards or not. Instead, we bought some slices of fresh coconut and took pictures of the carabinieri in their retro-fascist outfits. I don't even remember if we made it to the Vatican in the end because the view over the city was so magnificent.

Valerie said...

Beautiful! I have never seen this fountain, despite all my trips to Rome. Thanks for pointing it out!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Jonny - the same thing happened to me a few years ago. I thought I was taking a short cut but ended up on Gianicolo Hill. ha

valerie - you're welcome. The view on a clear day is bananas.