Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, Rome
Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
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 left 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.See Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and all Rome has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rome itinerary planner.
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The Trevi is the tourist spot but this place deserves a visit. It's historically interesting and the view of the city is not to be missed!
We stopped by the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola coming from Gianicolo on our way to Santa Maria in Trastevere. It took us less than 5 minutes walk on Passeggiata del Gianicolo to get to the impressive 400 ... read more »
אמנם אחותה הקטנה של טרווי אבל כבר מאות שנים שנחשבת הגדולה ואף נקראת כך בפי המקומיים. היא גם הוותה השראה לעיצוב טרווי. סגנונה בארוק, הוזמנה עי פאולוס החמישי בורגזה בשנת 1600 והיא מציינת את סיומו של אקו... read more »
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