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Fontana dell'Acqua Paola

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Fontana dell'Acqua Paola

356 Reviews
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dapper777 wrote a review Apr 2020
Monaco29547 contributions2766 helpful votes
We have been there many times. It is a 'staple' of the Janiculum Hill, it is a 'must stop by' if you are in the area, just to take a selfie or to enjoy the belvedere and the stunning view of Rome. It is called Fontana dell'Aqua Paola ('Paola Water') because Pope Paul (Paolo) V of the Borghese family, in 1612, wanted to restore the rather ancient Trajan Aqueduct, a 2nd-century aqueduct, built in 109 AD and long around 57 km., that supplied water from the lake of Bracciano to the Trastevere neighborhood and its inhabitants. The monumental fountain (better known with the name of "Fontanone") was inspired by the "Fontana dell'Acqua Felice', with the gigantic statue of Moses, built in 1585-88 by Pope Sixtus V. and was built by Giovanni Fontana, with the collaboration of Flaminio Ponzio. It was the great "Mostra del'Acqua Paola" (Acqua Paola exhibition). The monumental fountain, with its dazzling Tiburtine marbles taken from the ruins of the Roman Forum, according to the custom of that time, was formed by five basins, three larger and two smaller, that pour abundant water into a large marble pool, which was added later by Carlo Fontana in 1690. It is a ‘must’ if you are around Trastevere.
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Date of experience: October 2019
2 Helpful votes
L3K wrote a review Feb 2020
Guisborough, United Kingdom1745 contributions367 helpful votes
Not as showy as some of Rome's other fountains, but grand in its own way. It's up the hill outside Gianicolo park, and I don't think I'd make a special visit if I didn't happen to be passing.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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questtraveler01 wrote a review Jan 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel377 contributions95 helpful votes
Really beautiful fountain overlooking all of Rome. Research the history of this fountain, really interesting. Aqua Paola was a design inspo for the Trevi fountain. If you're in Trastevere do not miss walking up hill or taking the bus near to this overlook. Great picture opportunity.
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Date of experience: January 2020
3 Helpful votes
Martijn P wrote a review Aug 2019
Almere, The Netherlands508 contributions64 helpful votes
Good views on Rome. The fountain looks nice as well but we could not see it completely due to current renovation works. If you do not want to walk uphill in the hot weather, you can take bus 115 and exit at the stop "Psg Gianicolo - villa Corsini". Afterwards, a nice 10 minute stroll down to Trastevere by taking the steps along a park just opposite the fountain.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Nicola I wrote a review Jul 2019
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It’s closed for renovation,sadly,maybe it will gone be opened soon,it’s not looking to serious the renovation job.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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