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                     Acqua Divina Della Roma (Fountains of Rome)

For more than two thousand years fountains have provided drinking water and decorated the piazzas of Rome. During the Roman Empire, in 98 AD, according to Sextus Julius Frontinus, the Roman consul who was named curator aquarum or guardian of the water of the city, Rome had nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins, not counting the water supplied to the Imperial household, baths and owners of private villas. Each of the major fountains was connected to two different aqueducts, in case one was shut down for service.[2]

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the aqueducts were wrecked or fell into disrepair, and the fountains stopped working. In the 14th century, Pope Nicholas V (1397–1455), a scholar who commissioned hundreds of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin, decided to embellish the city and make it a worthy capital of the Christian world. In 1453 he began to rebuild the Acqua Vergine, the ruined Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water to the city from eight miles (13 km) away. He also decided to revive the Roman custom of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with a mostra, a grand commemorative fountain. He commissioned the architect Leon Battista Alberti to build a wall fountain where the Trevi Fountain is now located. Alberti restored, modified, and expanded the aqueduct that supplied both the Trevi Fountain as well as the famous baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona.[3]

One of the first new fountains to be built in Rome during the Renaissance was the Fountain in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere (1499), which was placed on the site of an earlier Roman fountain. Its design, based on an earlier Roman model, with a circular vasque on a pedestal pouring water into a basin below, became the model for many other fountains in Rome, and eventually for fountains in other cities, from Paris to London

Selected Fountains:

1. Trevi Fointain

2. Fontane delle Tartarughe (The Turtle Fountain) 

3. Fountain of the Four Rivers

4. Tritan Fountain 

5.Neptune’s Fountain

6. Villa Sciarra Fountain

7. Fontana della Barcaccia

8. Fontana Delle Api


TOURISM TIPS: Acqua, water, wasser, eau, H20 - Big Noses in Rome

A bit off topic, but since it’s a tourist season I decided to compile a list of Big Noses ( “water posts”) of Rome. Of course this list is just off the top of my head, so there are surely plenty more of them. Add yours…:-)

1. Trajans market
Climb the stairway that leads to the musei fori imperiali (Trajan’s forum), walk past the museum entrance  & street that runs downhill (right).After 10-20  meters walk or so take a next corner to the right and you’ll find a Big Nose there (next to a roundabout). Centrally located and one of my favourite “refueling points”. Other people seem to like it too, since there is frequently a queue.

2. Forum Romanum, Colosseum, Capitolium and Palatinum.

There is a sort of a fountain next to the entrance of metro station. Water comes straight from a wall, but in this case it’s “acqua potable”. Also ca. 10 years ago there was a “water post” on the opposite side of metro entrance and also at the foot of the stairs that lead to Palatine Hill. Don’t know though if they are still in use. On Capitoline Hill, behind Palazzo Senatorio there is also a “water post”

3. Campus Martius

A Big Nose can be found on the western side of Piazza Campo dei Fiori (next to the statue of Giordano Bruno). There is also a Big Nose at Largo di Torre di Argentina. It’s located on the Nort-Eastern side of the archaeological area. The third waterpost that I can recall is on Via dei Banchi Vecchi that runs parallel to Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. For me this was a real gem, since I had run out of water and was jumping of joy when i heard a familiar sound of Big Nose  :). Oddly enough I can’t recall any water posts on the northern side of the area, but surely there must be them (not along the main streets of Corso or Via dei Ripetta  though - IIRC)

4. Aventinus

There is a Big Nose and also a water fountain at Parco degli  Aranci (one of my favurite places in Rome btw). Two of the photos are actually taken there

5. Trastevere, Janiculum and Vatican area

My remembrances are a bit vague on this part, but in any case it’s a pretty sweaty climb from Trastevere to Gianigolo. I somehow recall that that there is a “fueling point” near Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. I’m not sure about this but at least there is  a one water post at the halfway of the ascent (intersection of V. Garibaldi and   V . Gottfriedo Mamelli). I somehow recall that there is also a Big Nose near the top of Gianicolo Hill though I’m not sure of this either. As for northern part of Gianicolo and Vatican area water posts are few and far between. The only one that I can remember is located on Via delle Consiliazione pretty close to river Tiber (on the right side of the street seen from St Peter’s basilica).

6. Railway station area

There is a water post at the Northernmost point of Piazza dei Cincuecento (close to the intersection of Viale  Enrico de Nicola and Via Marsala.) This is a good place to fill up your water bottle(s) since IIRC there are zero Big noses on the three main streets (Cavour, Nazionale and XX Settembre) that lead from Termini area towards Forum Romanum. And btw, if you need other refreshments there is a pretty good grocery store just one block away (between V. Gaeta, Solferino and Volturno).

7. Parco degli Aqcuedotti

IIRC on Via Lemonia, just before the entrance to the park there is a playground where you’ll find a water post. Also on Viale Giulio Agricola - a street that leads from metro station to the park - there is a grocery store where you can buy all sort of refreshments. And I certainly recommend  that you fill your water bottle(s) before you enter the park, since I couldn’t see any Big Noses there.

Hannigram back in Florence

It might be the fate or a coincidence that the Fannibal Star Hannigram visited beautiful Italian city - Florence right in the time of TWOTL one year anniversary. They arrived to the Stazione di Santa Maria Novella via the same train which had seducted Bedelia in the Antipasto episode or which Hannibal had taken for his travel to / back from Palermo in the Primavera / Secondo episode.

From the station, they crossed a street to see the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella – a place of the beautiful view of Hannibal’s and Bedelia’s old apartment in the Antipasto / Dolce episode. They took a photo before the Basilica, where Hannibal had limped around – injured after Jack’s attack in the Dolce episode.

From there, Hannigram walked to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi where Pazzi had died in the Contorno episode. In the Palazzo garden Hannibal also had met Antony Dimmond in the Antipasto episode and Will with Jack had been there, in the Dolce episode.

Piazza San Lorenzo is the place where Pazzi had stood when he had phoned to Mason Verger in the Contorno episode. Bad life choice, dear Pazzi…

Then Hannigram visited Hannibal’s beloved Duomo aka Santa Maria del Fiore. Bedelia had walked around in the Antipasto episode.

In the same episode she also had crossed the Piazza della Repubblica. Hannigram couldn’t resist to take a photo with this beautiful carousel.

Then these “escape” lanes. Now Hannigram could peacefully took some pictures there. In the Dolce episode Hannibal had run for his life through the lane from Piazza del Limbo and Chiasso Ricasoli.

Then, finally, Hannigram walked to the Piazza degli Uffizi. Probably everyone remembers these heart-breaking scenes which had happened there, in the Dolce episode… Now there were no killing, just the Hannigram love.

And because Galleria degli Uffizi was only a few steps from here, Hannigram decided to see Primavera again. So they paid for the tickets. Inside they met some old couples and took photos together.

The entrance to a room with Botticelli’s famous paintings was guarded by Ganymedes and his eagle.

And then, finally, the beautiful Primavera was there! Hannigram was sooo happy to see it again…

Later, before they left the gallery, they stopped one more time to say Hello to this old Fannibal woman who wore her nice flower crown.

Then they used the Ponte Santa Trinita to cross the Arno river. We had seen the bridge in the Contorno episode with Jack and Bella’s ashes. Also in the Dolce episode – again, with injured Hannibal.

Why they walked there? Because there is the Piazzale Michelangelo at the other side of the river. Hannigram stopped where Jack could be seen in the Contorno episode. This place offered them a beautiful view of Florence.

That was theoreticaly end of Hannigram’s Florence trip. But too much love was in the air so they couldn’t leave like that. They went to the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge full of buildings which had been shortly seen in the Contorno episode. But some people can remember it from the “old movie times”… There is a fountain full of love locks.

And Hannigram locked their love there as well.

With that Hannibal-part of the Star fulfiled his desire to show Florence to Will, as he told in the Dolce episode. Will-part was so charmed that he had to tell everyone – or anyone who will find this in waters of Arno…

PS: One year has gone, one year to go, Fannibals. And then - the 4th season!