Acqua Acetosa (Fontana dell'Acqua Acetosa), Rome
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The mineral spring called Acqua Acetosa is located between the hill of Villa Glori and the Tiber. The name "acetosa" derives form the word "aceto" (it.) meaning "vinegar", as its taste was slightly similar to it.
The spring was closed in 1959 and the water was determined "undrinkable" for the hygienic reasons that got worst due to the population of territories located above the hydro slope.
It was the favorite water of Romans until the 19th century, when it was sold by water-vendors, so called "acquacetosari". It was believed to heal various illnesses. The well-head is probably by A.Sacchi, built by the order of Alessandro VII in 1661.
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