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Fontana della Navicella, Rome

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  • Located in front of the façade of the Church of Santa Maria in Domnica (currently under renovation) is a copy of the ' 500 by Sansovino of an earlier sculpture, made of white marble and travertine, representing a Roman galley.
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  • The Navicella fountain, a little Roman boat, stands in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Domnica. Unfortunately now (October 2017) it is surrounded by fencing for the work associated with the ne...  more »
  • A time in a barracks on the Caelian were accommodated the sailors of the fleet of Capo Miseno, official Navy port of ancient Rome with Ravenna. They were exempt from service at sea and manoeuvring with ropes and pulleys the velarium, a huge tent to shelter from the Sun or the elements of the Coliseum. And apparently to ingratiate himself with Isis, protector of seafarers, has offered a small ' galley ' carved in marble. Other voices, however, tell of the same gift from survivors of a shipwreck, auxiliary soldiers whose barracks (castra peregrina)-also on the Caelian Hill-was the site of secret services of the Empire and is now used to accommodate the soldiers passing through Rome. Anyway, copy of the little ship (stolen during the middle ages and then recovered in pieces) was commissioned to Sansovino by Leo X (1518) and placed on a bed with the bow facing the portico of Santa Maria in Domnica. Then, however, no aqueduct dated from the Hill and the ship that wanted to become fountain remained to wait centuries that a branch of the Acqua Felice arrived to extinguish her thirst (1931). Now look at the work of the Metro C and life that reaches and color Villa Celimontana. Sometimes she smiles. alfredodenicolais
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  • The fountain of the Navicella is located in Rome, originally it was only a sculpture of embellishment of the square in front of the entrance of the basilica of Santa Maria in Domnica but was transformed into a fountain in 1931, the fountain takes its name from the depiction in miniature of an ancient Roman prison and is located in the center of the square in front of the church. The beautiful fountain is white marble and travertine. HistoryEdit
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  • Gracious fountain that names both the square and the church in front. Too bad for the eternal construction sites that surround it, for the poor maintenance and for the fact that it is constantly surrounded by cars. If it were valued, it would be a real gem.
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  • Lovely place in a corner of Rome not much known by tourists. Visit the park of Villa Celimontana which is one of the parks less frequented by tourists and Romans. A lot of greenery and ample parking possibility nearby.
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  • Cute to visit a short walk from the Colosseum
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  • In front of the entrance to Villa Celimontana.
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