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Fontana Monumentale, Rome

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  • Despite having attended the area a few years ago, I had never noticed the particular function of this fountain sui generis: amazing how the Romans were able to achieve in a non-central one Fishpond, almost a modern fish farm without renouncing its functional appearance. It is a uniquely shaped, conical-helical fountain that pours water into a series of trays placed at different heights and communicating with each other creating an effect of small waterfalls. The structure should be unquestionably a natatio, where guests could sit by the pool, dry, on the counter. The tub, since the original plan, was probably part of the hortus a villa. At a later stage the tub was turned into an aquarium with insertion of tubes intended for dens for fish. The discovery in very recent times (1980) and being on the edge of the Caffarella Park, in an area intensively urbanised population did not favor the knowledge of its existence.
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  • Ancient and perhaps unique example of attachment designed to breed fish in the Imperial era, most sconosciutasi is a classic example of how everything had already been invented in Rome.
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  • This is a beautiful example that is of considerable importance because it represents an example of using only ancient Roman buildings, obviously survived until today. It's a rectangular floor of which there are three sides in a corner there are stairs to descend inside; the walls are of flint flakes mixed into lean lime (= opus signinum) with traces of cocciopisto, that is chopped and mixed with lime and clay material oil in order to obtain a smooth dough and especially waterproof. In the center of the pool there is a fountain featuring a conical-helical whose purpose was also an ornamental; the fountain poured water into a series of trays placed at different heights and communicating with each other creating an effect of small waterfalls. Year of construction the first half of the 2nd century a.d., to the analogy that presents the building technique of his Opus reticulatum and brick with other similar products. Fountain apparatus together with the fact that other tubules along the perimeter as well as other blind tubules (dens for the fish and the tunnels for spawning), rightly feel that the tub was used as a fishpond. Fish breeding, especially at a distance so remarkable from the sea was used to ensure the supply of fish in winter, and it was rich and aristocratic domus privilege belonging to personality. This condition describes the complex as part of a fundus or hortus very large in the nearby park of the Caffarella, as evidenced by lead in lead here found. In any case the complicated hydraulic system of fountain commemorates the Meta Sudans, i.e. the large fountain that stood in front of the Colosseum.
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  • Travertine fountain with high relief depicting "the motherhood" or "the Family" created by Francesco Caccia in 1936. The fountain has been inactive for several years and covered with smog unfortunately.
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