Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison)

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Villa Montalto, owned by Sisto V Peretti (1585-1590) and found on the Esquilino hill, was the largest private property within the city walls. At the end of the nineteenth century, precisely in 1877, the whole area was divided up to build the Termini railway station, piazza dei Cinquecento and other modern districts.

Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison) at Via Goffredo Mameli on the slopes of the Gianicolo
The fountain came here from far away, Villa Montalto of Sixtus V in the zone of present Stazione Termini. It is one of very few records remained after that beautiful rich villa. When it was destroyed in 1877 the fountain was deposed in a store of the commune. Then it was brought out to the light and put in via Genova, and in 1928 was transferred here, in Via Goffredo Mameli on the slopes of the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) are an apt background for via Manara, but with some not original elements.

The Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison) belongs to the ancient name of the fountain; the fountain is from the great and valuable group of statues that has a half-length figure in marble, larger than life, it is only showing just a prisoner.

Fontana del Prigione by Domenico Fontana, a fountain of Villa Peretti which in 1938 was relocated near S. Pietro in Montorio. Of the many decorations of Villa Peretti a fountain still survives although relocated in Trastevere. It is decorated with the lion and the pears of Pope Sixtus V.

At the base of every pilaster are two suspended small basins that receive water from many taps, while at the lower pool at the ground level, are being protected by six elegant columns, which collect water from the fan by a large lion's head that is protruding at the center of niche. Parts of the fountain, as it can be admired now, belonged to the original version and other parts are copies. In 2006 the Fontana del Prigione was completely restored.

Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison)
Via Goffredo Mameli on the slopes of the Gianicolo
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Fontana del Prigione (Fountain of Prison) is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "28"
Bus: H - 23 - 63 - 280 - 630 - 780
Tram: service 8

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