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Fontana della Botte, Rome

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The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna is a former Roman fountain which now decorates a vast niche in the wall of the Vatican facing the Cortile della Pigna, located in Vatican City, in Rome, Italy.
Composed of a large bronze pine cone almost four meters high which once spouted water from the top, the Pigna originally stood near the Pantheon next to the Temple of Isis. It was moved to the courtyard of the Old St. Peter's Basilica during the Middle Ages and then moved again, in 1608, to its present location.
The courtyard where it stands was originally part of the Cortile del Belvedere, designed by Donato Bramante to connect the palace of Pope Innocent VIII with the Sistine Chapel. When Bramante died, architect Pirro Ligorio finished the project and added the wall and niche to close the courtyard. Construction of the Vatican Library divided the Cortile del Belvedere into two areas. The upper part of the courtyard, the Cortile della Pigna, takes its name from the fountain.
The bronze peacocks on either side of the fountain are copies of those decorating the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian, now the Castel Sant'Angelo. The original peacocks are in the Braccio Nuovo Museum.
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  • Fontana della Botte is a fountain designed by architect Pietro Lombardi in 1927. It seems to be a design that is called a district where there were many taverns, and a large wine barrel called Caratello, Water was pouring from an extra large two-liter sake bottle called barzilai (decanter that I have from a wine barrel to a drawing table).
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  • Just a short walk north of San Francesco a Ripa, in front of Trastevere's apartments, it crosses the Tisterna Street, near the Piazza San Calast. Turn right on the Tisterna street and you will find a wine keg fountain on its right. The fountain built on the wall of the building is a form where the wine barrel stands vertically on the pedestal in the basin, and the faucet is out in the middle of the barrel, and a small faucet comes out from the bottle of the wine which enters about one liter on both sides of the barrel, too. From those three sides the water was flowing down. Because there are many taverns in this neighborhood, it is a fountain that expresses the land pattern. The walls of the building on the back of the fountain were written full of graffiti, and the fountain itself was slightly dirty, and it was not very lackluster, as it was in the nineteenth century.
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  • In Via della Cisterna, in the heart of Trastevere is this likeable and inquisitive "Fontana della Botte" representing the wine in this region was being sold in many pubs and inns was made by Peter Lombardi in 1927 and recently represents a huge cask of marble, highlighted by a great niche on which it lies, from which emerges a jet of water that pours into a VAT. The sides of the barrel two liter wine measures, from which emerge two jets that end in two side tanks. Recently the fountain has been scarred by several black written by some jerk have smeared the entire work. Given the bad writing, which we hope will soon be cancelled, the unique fountain is worth a visit.
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  • Nice barrel where fresh water gushes. Typical Roman fountain in a Roman quarter, Trastevere. Unfortunately, there is also a lack of respect for works of art.
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  • It is said to be the only water the Romanists drank. I attach photos of the 1930s
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  • The Fountain of the Botte, is located via the Cistern in Ward XIII (Trastevere), and is located inside a niche, in travertine. The composition starts from the ground with a simple base, on which rests a barrel positioned horizontally, at the center of which is placed a straw from which comes the water that pours on an underlying vessel. On the sides of the barrel there are two jugs of characteristic shape, of those that in ancient times were used in the inns to bring wine. With four columns, an area of respect for the monument is determined, very useful to not make it damage and allow optimal viewing. This fountain made in 1927 is part of the fountains of the town, see the note in the margin. Note RiONI fountains: They are very characteristic and are adorned with the emblem or the characteristic symbols of the ward they represent were commissioned in 1926 by the governor of Rome, and the next assignment was assigned to Pietro Lombardi, the architect who had already built the fountain of Testaccio's Amphorae, he executed them in about three years. Here is the list of remaining fountains: 1) ANFORE FONTANA - R. TESTACCIO 2) TIMONE FONTANA - R. RIPA 3) BOTTE FONTANA - R. TRASTEVERE 4) TIARE FONTANA - R. BORGO 5) CANNON BALL FONTANA - R. BORGO 6) LIBRI FONTANA - R. Sant'Eustacchio 7) ARTIST FONTANA - R. CAMPO MARZIO 8) PIGNA FONTANA - R. PIGNA 9) MONTI FONTANA - R. MONTI
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  • Uncivilized Those who ruin the public good. Characteristic fountain that reflects the peculiarity of Trastevere
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  • Nice fountain with three spouts. One of the many picturesque places of Trastevere.
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