Address: Piazza Nicosia
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
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This fountain was commissioned by the Municipality of Rome to Giacomo Della Porta in 1572. It was previously situated in Piazza del Popolo. In 1823 Valadier moved the fountain to Piazza San Pietro in Montorio, when he was assigned the task of rearranging the square. Later it was stored in the Municipal depots. It was rebuilt in Piazza Nicosia in 1950, but only the octagonal pond of the original fountain survived, while the central shaft and the two upper basins were rebuilt according to Della Porta’s original design reproduced in an engraving by Falda. Instead the rising dragons that referred to pope Gregory the Thirteenth Boncompagni (1572-1585), who had brought the Acqua Vergine back to Rome, were replaced with dragons alternated with eagles, symbol of the Borghese family, since Giangiacomo Borghese was the Governor of Rome at the time when the fountain was reconstructed.
Last checked: 2010-07-12 4:03