Fountain of Ponte Sisto/ Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola)

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Fountain of Ponte Sisto/ Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola)

The fountain of the Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola) was constructed for Paul V, by G.Fontana and F.Ponzio in 1612, using marble from the Nerva Forum. The water, which flows from the subterranean Aqueduct of Trajan (fed by springs near lake Bracciano, about 50 km northwest of Rome), falls into a large granite basin added by C.Fontana in 1690, beneath six columns (four of which are from the facade of Old St Peter's). From here the water is brought to the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) Hill was extended in 1613 beyond the Tiber river to be used by the entire City.

When the works to restore the embankments of the Tiber river were completed, the fountain was moved to its current location (1898), as commemorated by another inscription on the wall at the back of the large niche. Looking at it from the left bankof the Tiber river, the fountain is in a straight line with Via dei Pettinari-Ponte Sisto and is almost exactly on the vertical line of the “fontanone del Gianicolo” with which it constitutes a spectacular pair of fountains linked to the name of Paul the Fifth Borghese.
Piazza Trilussa - Fontana dell'Acqua Paola is located here. Fountain Of Ponte Sisto or Acqua Paola
Inside of the fountain construction now is a store of the old little fountains, parts of it and memorial tablets no longer in use. Popularly it is called “fontanone di Ponte Sisto” (large fountain of Ponte Sisto) or the fountain of Piazza Trilussa.

Fountain Of Ponte Sisto/ Acqua Paola (Fontana dell'Acqua Paola)
Piazza Trilussa
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
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