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Typology: 17th Century, 19th Century, Monumental Fountain


Address: Piazza Trilussa
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)



Popularly called “fontanone di Ponte Sisto” (large fountain of Ponte Sisto), the fountain of Piazza Trilussa was built by pope Paul the Fifth Borghese (1605-1621) who commissioned it to Giovanni Vasanzio and Giovanni Fontana. It was originally placed in Via Giulia and this explains the apparent inconsistency of the Latin epigraph on the attic that commemorates that the water brought to the Janiculum Hill was extended in 1613 beyond the Tiber river to be used by the entire City, thanks to the munificence of Paul the Fifth. When the works to restore the embankments of the Tiber river were completed, the fountain was moved to its current location (1898), as commemorated by another inscription on the wall at the back of the large niche. Looking at it from the left bankof the Tiber river, the fountain is in a straight line with Via dei Pettinari-Ponte Sisto and is almost exactly on the vertical line of the “fontanone del Gianicolo” with which it constitutes a spectacular pair of fountains linked to the name of Paul the Fifth Borghese.
Last checked: 2016-10-13 17:46