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Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, Rome

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The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola also known as Il Fontanone is a monumental fountain located on the Janiculum Hill, near the church of San Pietro in Montorio, in Rome, Italy. It was built in 1612 to mark the end of the Acqua Paola aqueduct, restored by Pope Paul V, and took its name from him. It was the first major fountain on the right bank of the River Tiber.HistoryThe Fontana dell'Acqua Paola was inspired by the popularity of the Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, built in 1585-88 by Pope Sixtus V. Pope Paul V decided to rebuild and extend the ruined Acqua Traiana aqueduct built by the Emperor Trajan in order to create a source of clean drinking water for the residents of the Janiculum Hill, who were forced to take their water from brackish springs or from the polluted Tiber. He raised funds for his project in part by imposing a tax upon wine, which caused complaints among some residents. The funding from this tax and other sources allowed him to purchase the rights to the water of a spring near Lake Bracciano, not far from Rome, as the source for the fountain.The fountain was designed by Giovanni Fontana, whose brother had worked on the Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, and Flaminio Ponzio. They used white marble from the nearby ruins of the Roman Temple of Minerva in the Forum of Nerva, and constructed a massive gateway of five arches for the arrival of the water. At the top of the fountain are the papal tiara and keys, above the Borghese family coat of arms of an eagle and a dragon, supported by angels. The inscription praises Pope Paul in poetic terms for bringing water to the residents of the district.
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  • Trastevere is a must visit place when we go to Rome. This fountain of something theatrical. She is beautiful. We have a great view of Rome. After proceed to the Gianicolo Hill just next door. And the superb view. I never expected to find a lighthouse. It was offered by the Italians of Egypt. We went along the Tiber. A very nice day.
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  • The fountain of the Acqua Paola is located on Janicolo Hill in Trastevere. He enjoys much less popular than Trevi, here, fortunately, does not bring the buses with tourists, near the fountain is usually not crowded. But this fountain is nothing less than mesmerizing. Due to the absence of crowds, they can safely enjoy, reflect, under the sound of water. In addition, it offers excellent panorama of Rome.
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  • It's not a easy stroll up this amazing place. Far away from the crazy tourist areas. But all worth it. From here you have a amazing view over Rome... and you can sit at the fountain with out any one t...  more »

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