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Fontana del Mascherone, Rome
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  • Rome is also known as the city of water and fountains: there are itineraries created ad hoc to touch several fountains scattered in various districts of the city. La Fontana del Mascherone, located down the street of the same name and behind at the Palazzo Farnese, is one of them: it's definitely the best known and in my opinion is not as pretty as her namesake, located near Santa Sabina on the Aventine hill, but still worth a quick detour.
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  • Water is life, which might be a bit trite, but in Rome this statement turns a thousand other uses where you mix the survival, the personal prestige or of his family, politics, archeology. In other words, the same birth and evolution of a complex city like this had as its sole red wire your thirst and your satisfaction. The water of the fountains, monumental and glitzy private; the water of public drinking fountains, wells where man and beast; the river water that invaded the houses; the water of the ancient aqueducts, tangible proof that graveyard of temples called Rome was real. I open a parenthesis: there are a few theories floating around the net that the ancient Rome with its empire never happened, everyone is free to give vent to your imagination as he sees fit, but I think this is really big! On the other hand the net turns around and as I say "Mommy idiots is always pregnant". Closed parentheses. Every historical era of this city got his private meeting with the water, and in every century has lived and relived the thorny issue of water supplies not only for dwellings of patricians and the emperor or the Pope and new nobles, but also on the streets for use and consumption of the people. And like all other fountains of Rome, even the white face of Fontana del Mascherone on via Giulia, had a significant role in the intricate story of thirst for Rome. Now lying asleep by his own gurgling, it would seem nothing more than a minor monument nestled in a setting particularly impressive. But centuries ago that secluded nook near the majestic palazzo Farnese, vantage point today on a via Giulia vine-draped, was the last act of a silent but tenacious battle fought by the noble family that owns the palace against the Pope who had done gushing water of Lake Bracciano in Rome, thanks to the arches hoisted by Trajan was the end of the sixteenth century that the Farnese were expecting a Gush worthy of the name to transmute the two tanks from the baths of Caracalla in fountains. To obtain what has been requested repeatedly touched her wait for the first half of the 17th century, and Pope Gregory XV, who donated forty ounces of water to the Palace and in return demanded the opening of fountains in semi-public character, alluding to the two freestanding bath on the square and a fountain to be built on the back of the Farnese Palace. For this reason now, over the astonished gaze of mask from which water flows , you see the lily: is an indication that the fountain was financed with the money of the Farnese family. To the family who had it, so the face will always remain tied, regretting maybe a little the good times, when it was the center of an intense bustle of women, monks of the nearby Fraternity dell'orazione e Morte who came to pick up the unnamed drowned him grave, noble exploring the bosses (Farnese) of that slice of the city. On special occasions, then when the feasts in the Palace had a special meaning, from his cheeks swollen gushed even wine. And then the comings and goings grew intense, the laughter became coarse and it was celebration for everyone. All this should think in a park at Fontana del Mascherone, which today has lost most of its centrality, locked even from the wall that currently surrounds your shoulders. Today, besides the balustrade that defends it has become a good place where to anchor the scooters; its water is not drinkable and clumps of vegetation are dedicated to a slow and relentless work of attrition. Wine is not an option either. But it's nice to pass them next and stop for a while to observe the surrounding landscape. The back of the Palazzo Farnese features a covered terrace that promises shelter from the summer heat. The arch that overlooks via Giulia is completely submerged by Ivy vines dangling and the snout macabre of the eighteenth-century façade of the Church of Santa Maria dell'orazione e Morte creeps into view. Is a glimpse into a little melancholy, but also this corner that seems forgotten has a particular charm; the charm of a grotesque witnessed the insatiable and millennial thirst of the eternal city.
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  • Going around Rome you come across many things less famous but so beautiful ... it was said in the past that from this mouth sgorgasse wine ... well today I'm not
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  • A bit eerie passing this in the dark, seems a little out of place.
  • Hauntingly beautiful
  • A singular o a little scary fountain. What did the sculptor?
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  • Fountain featuring Via Giulia, ancient and important road of central areas of Rome, behind Palazzo Farnese. And it is precisely to this family that is linked to the fountain: it is said that from there sgorgasse of wine ... Other than that, a nice and peaceful fountain in a beautiful area of Rome!
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  • Small jewels embedded here and there enjoy a stroll to via Giulia
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