Rome and Water: An Eternal Affair

The ravishing beauty of the Roman fountains

By Google Arts & Culture

Trevi Fountain 9 (2020-12-03/2020-12-03) by Sten Ritterfeld

Water has been crucial in the history of the Eternal City. The aqueducts are the greatest legacy of Roman engineering and legend has it that Romulus and Remus were abandoned on the right bank of the Tiber and that Rome is the city with the most fountains in the world.

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Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain in Rome, and its water is still supplied by an ancient aqueduct built in 19 BC.

Nicola Salvi designed it after coming second in a contest held by Pope Clement XII in 1730.

This travertine wonder acquired an even greater international projection after the iconic scene in Fellini’s Dolce Vita, where it became the third protagonist.

Trevi Fountain 10 by Ifs

Trevi Fountain 4, Michelle Bitteto, 2020-08-05/2020-08-05
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Trevi Fountain 6, Mauricio Artieda, 2017-11-21/2017-11-21
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Trevi Fountain 1, Francesco Bruno, 2020-03-23/2020-03-23
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Trevi Fountain 2 (2018-05-09/2018-05-09) by Cristina Gottardi

The Trevi Fountain was completed in 1762, 30 years after its construction began.

Fendi, the Italian fashion house, funded the last restoration of the Trevi Fountain, completed in 2015.

Did you know that the Trevi Fountain is featured in the romantic comedy Roman Holiday (1953) starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck?

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Once a Roman stadium, is a Baroque square that serves as an exquisite showcase for architecture, sculpture and design.

The Palazzo Pamphilj, the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, and the obelisk overlook the square.

Undoubtedly, the Fountain of Neptune, the Fountain of the Moor, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers are the focal points.

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Piazza Navona 5, Albericco Bartoccini, 2020-01-10/2020-01-10
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Piazza Navona 7, Illia Cholin, 2019-09-02/2019-09-02
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Piazza Navona 3 (2020-04-26/2020-04-26) by Friso Hogendoorn

Sant’Agnese in Agone is a church facing Piazza Navona dedicated to Saint Agnes.

Piazza Navona 2 (2020-05-22/2020-05-22) by Gabriella Clare Marino

The Palazzo Pamphilj on Piazza Navona belonged to Pope Innocent X and today is the Embassy of Brazil.

Piazza Navona 4 (2019-09-25/2019-09-25) by Michelle Bitteto

Did you know that the Piazza Navona was featured in the motion picture Angels & Demons (2009) starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor?

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Piazza Navona 1 (2020-06-10/2020-06-10) by Marialaura Gionfriddo

Rome is a city of fountains, and these fountains have been part of the life of many people, not just ancient and today’s Romans, but of those who have visited the Eternal City or have seen these landmarks immortalized in music, cinema and painting.

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