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This spot was the end of the famous Roman aqueduct system in the city. Amazing to think of it being so old. more »
Unfortunately, one can just get a glimpse of the aqueduct through the metal mesh (perhaps some day a clear plastic barrier could be installed). If you are walking from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi..... more »
The Aqua Virgo from Pincio to Fontana di Trevi (passing by the new Rinascente) The already rich archaeological heritage of the historical center of Rome has been enriched in the last months of a new extraordinary site. The renovation works of the new Rinascente building in Via del Tritone have brought to light about 4000 sqm of the old quarter that stretched between Pincio and Quirinale. Domus, Balnea, Sepulchres, roads roads (including a diverticulum of the Via Salaria Vetus) and above all 15 perfectly preserved arches of the Virgin Aqueduct. The Virgin Aqueduct (Aqua Virgo) is the only one of the eleven main aqueducts of ancient Rome that remained continuously in operation until our day, feeding the fountains of the Baroque city, including Fontana di Trevi that represents the monumental exhibition. Inaugurated in 19 B.C. by Agrippa, the son-in-law of the emperor Augustus, probably derives its name from the purity and freshness of its waters even if a suggestive legend traced it to the maiden who pointed to the place of the springs to the soldiers in charge of the search . The Aqua Virgo originated from sources located in the Agro Lucullano, at the VIII mile of the Via Collatina, in the present locality of Salone, and ended in Campo Marzio after a predominantly underground route of more than 20 kilometers, the Aqua Virgo was heading Towards the Nomentana and the Salaria, then, bending southwards, it crossed the areas of Villa Ada and Parioli, passing under the nymphaeum of Villa Giulia, and entered the town near the twisted Wall, on the Pincio. n This suggestive evening we will follow the route of the aqueduct starting from the Pincio, where at the edge of the east of Villa Medici is the access to a place particularly suggestive for its constructive characteristics: it is Of the famous "snail", a cylindrical well 25 meters deep, inside which was built a spiral staircase in masonry that allows to reach the cave of the ancient aqueduct Virgin. We will visit the archaeological multimedia area in the basement of Rinascente making you relive the adventure of a stratigraphical reading of a complex site of urban archaeology. We will also visit the remains of the aqueduct conserved in Via del Nazareno which still present the inscription of the restoration by the emperor Claudius of 46 A.D. and who will assume a new sense precisely in the light of recent discoveries.
From the site of the city of Rome: The architectural remains in Via del Nazareno are the most important yet visible section of the urban route of the Virgin Aqueduct. Built at the behest of Agrippa in 19 B.C., from the source, located at the Casale di Salone at Km. 10,500 of the Via Collatina, the aqueduct entered inside the urban walls at the height of the twisted wall and ended with a monumental exhibition in the Baths of Agrippa. Today the Trevi fountain and the fountains of Piazza Navona are still powered by the same aqueduct. At the height of the present Piazza di Spagna, the aqueduct, up to that point underground, went out above and continued on elevated arches of which are visible today, in addition to the remains of Via del Nazareno, those in Via del Bufalo. The tract in Via del Nazareno is constituted by a fornice, built at the behest of Claudius in 46 B.C. at the turn of an ancient road of Regio VII: The pillars and the arch are made up of a ashlar element made of large chunks of peperino while the frame , now lost, was to be of travertine. The dedicatory inscription, which gives Claudio the construction work, is still visible today on both sides of the structure. When the emperor Hadrian restored the entire route of the aqueduct, the Arch of the Nazarene was reinforced with a masonry cladding and still, in later times, the duct was raised by more than 1 metre compared to the original plan.
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