"Piazza Cairoli (old Piazza Branca) and Fountain (Fontana di Piazza Cairoli)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Saturday 7th May 2011
In a square where the boundaries of three districts meet, namely Regola, Sant'Eustachio and Sant'Angelo, next to the church of San Carlo ai Catinari, known for its ornate dome, is a a small public garden. The square and some of the surrounding streets were refurbished soon after the fall of the Papal State, and wider streets were opened through the old neighborhoods.
The part of this square corresponds to the old Piazza Branca, demolished due to laying out of Via Arenula. Piazza Cairoli is in form of a little garden (1.600 m²) with a fountain presented to Rome by baron Huffer at the centre of the garden, which basin is originally from the Roman Forum, and a monument to Federico Seismit-Doda, by Maccagnani (1919). Its shape is still clearly based on a Renaissance pattern, although its decorations are very scanty, and certainly cannot compare to a 16th century creation. It was built in 1888 by Ed Andrè, as remembered by an engraving in a corner.
It consists of a quadrangular pond made of granite from Baveno with at the centre a pillar, whose decorations (bronze dauphins around a trident) have gone lost. The pillar supports a circular basin coming from the excavations of 1887 in the nearby Piazza Cenci. Above is a second pillar supporting a basin that pours water. Two basins of different size rest one above the other, supported by two individual balusters (the upper one is round and thin, the lower one is rather stout, with an octagonal section). Once bronze dolphins decorated the stout baluster, but in time they went lost. The last element is the third basin at the bottom, with four long sides and four short ones, in alternate order.
Piazza Cairoli (old Piazza Branca) and Fountain (Fontana di Piazza Cairoli)
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli,
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione S. Eustachio (Senato-Corso Rinascimento) (Roma centro)
Piazza Cairoli (old Piazza Branca) and Fountain (Fontana di Piazza Cairoli) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "117"