Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
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Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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Family5GetAway
St. John's, Canada295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Beautiful fountain situated across from an overlook with a great view over the city. If you are coming from the lower area of Trastevere near the river, be aware it is an uphill walk to get to it. Not as crowded as many other landmarks so great spot to get a picture. It is located on a road rather than in a piazza so you need to be careful of the traffic.
Written 7 June 2023
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toothpick2014
Ajax, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We walked there from San Pancrazio 15 minutes. Water comes in from lac Braciano. Great view of the city. Terrific walk from there to Gianocolo.
Written 20 May 2023
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dapper777
Monaco32,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
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.
Written 11 April 2020
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L3K
Guisborough, UK1,876 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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.
Written 19 February 2020
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questtraveler01
Tel Aviv, Israel402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
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.
Written 7 January 2020
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Martijn P
Almere, The Netherlands508 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
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.
Written 9 August 2019
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Nicola I
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
It’s closed for renovation,sadly,maybe it will gone be opened soon,it’s not looking to serious the renovation job.
Written 23 July 2019
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a very pretty fountain on the northwest edge of the Trastevere neighborhood. A side benefit to taking the uphill walk is a great view of the city.
Written 2 May 2019
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AprilG981
Escondido, CA427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
After wandering around Trastevere we decided to take a trail up the hill. We came upon this fountain. It is absolutely beautiful! It also has great views of Rome
Written 18 April 2019
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Any tourist in Rome will certainly strive for the Trevi fountain to throw a coin. To do this, you have to pretty knock. About any intimate farewell to Rome and especially in style of Anita Ekberg from the movie "Dolce vita" of the speech doesn't go many decades. However, there is an alternative. Aqua Paola fountain served as a source of inspiration for the Trevi fountain. The fountain has already been noted in the movie, in the film Paolo Sorrentino "Great beauty" (2013). The first scene with fainted tourist takes place on the Gianicolo hill near the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola. The reason for the construction of the fountain was banal. The Romans who lived in Trastevere and on the hill of Yanikul were deprived of clean water. Pope Paul V restored the destroyed in the VI century aqueduct of Trajan to provide drinking water to nearby residents of the city. Although Paul V himself believed that he restores the other ancient aqueduct, the Aqua Alsietina, so he mentioned in the inscription on the attic of the fountain. Part of the funds for the construction was collected by Pope through the introduction of a tax on wine, which caused discontent of local residents. The pleasure of gurgling water in the presence of a few tourists can be combined with music. The fountain is used in summer as a backdrop for performances and concerts.
Written 24 March 2019
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