Fontana Di Piazza San Simeone, Rome

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The fountain in the Piazza Colonna is a fountain in Rome, Italy, designed by the architect Giacomo Della Porta and constructed by the Fiesole sculptor Rocco Rossi between 1575 and 1577.
The fountain was one of a group of sixteen fountains built by Della Porta following the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine aqueduct, a project begun by Pope Pius IV in 1561 and finished by Pope Pius V in 1570. The fountain itself was built under Pope Gregory XIII, best known for creating the Gregorian calendar. Like the other Roman fountains of its time, it was built to provide clean drinking water to the Roman residents, who before then had to drink the polluted water of the Tiber River. Also like the other fountains of its time, it operated purely by gravity; the source of the water was higher the fountain itself, causing the water to spout into the air.
The water for the fountain first arrived at the old Trevi Fountain, then went two reservoirs at the foot of the butte of San Sebastiancello, then through a series of the channels to the corner of via Condotti and the via del Corso, to Piazza Venezia, to the foot of the column of Marcus Aurelius. The source of the water for the fountain of Piazza Colonna was only 67 feet above sea level; like the Trevi Fountain, the Fontana della Barcaccia, and the fountains of Piazza Navona, all connected to the Acqua Vergine, the fountain of Piazza Colonna was unable to jet water high into the air.
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  • We had dinner at the Invictus restaurant in piazza di San Simeone. It was by accident that we found this place, but definitely glad we did.  more »
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  • Nice simple fountain, among a plethora of elaborate choices. It's simplicity is not to be underestimated though! When you find yourself in need of a refuge from the throngs of crowds, San Simone fountain is the place to go!
  • In the Piazzetta of S. Simeone there is a pretty fountain, the genesis to get to its current form and location, as for many other monuments of Rome, is long and articulated. The origin is from the sixteenth century and was designed by the great Giacomo Della Porta, it was for public use and for this reason quite simple, with a single catino adorned with papal coats of arms. In the following century, the second basket was added, supported by an evocative marble cube with four masquerade-shaped bas-reliefs, from which water spills out, which pours over the larger basin. A century later, the largest catino was replaced with the one currently present with the coats of arms of the four city administrators present at that time (the so-called Conservatives). The fountain was originally located in Montanara Square that disappeared due to the work (in the thirties of the last century) for the construction of today's Via del Teatro Marcello and after a period of stay in the garden of the Oranges was finally transferred in 1973 in this square. The fountain is raised by a circular step paved with stones and delimited with 8 columns connected by iron bars, which create the area of respect of the artifact. At present the fountain would need a restoration.
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