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The Rome’s fountains
One of the not discussed symbols of the eternal city, the
represents in its collective imaginary the hope to come back to Rome, ritualized from the coin’s throw. The allegorical statues of the baroque complex, ended in 1762 on the Niccolò Salvi’ s project, inspire themselves to the sea’s myths. The Oceano’s statue dominates the majestic monumental work, the two sides statues show the health and abundance, while the water feeding the fountain comes from the source called “Virgin”, because, according to the legend, in the ancient Rome a Virgin appeared to some thirsty soldiers and indicated the source. The horses represented are, instead, the allegory of the different sea’s status.
The Trevi’s fountain is above all connected to the mythical scene of the Fellini’s film “The sweet life”. It seems that in the summer 1957 Anita Ekberg, walking on naked foot near the monument, got wounded on a feet and kept it in the fountain’s water. A photograph immortalized her and as soon as the picture was seen by Fellini, was born the cult scene of the ’60 cinema.
Another Rome’s symbol is the
, as it is affectionately called by the Romans. This is its suggestive history: soon after the Tever’s inundation in 1598, that immerged the most part of the city, when the waters subsided, a lighter got stuck and it was the model for Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini when Urban VIII decide to build the stairs going to the Tninità dei Monti’ s church.
At the base of the stars would have been a fountain and the Bernini had the original idea of giving it the shape of that boat. Other important fountains in Rome are the Mosè’s fountain or the Happy Water’s fountain, representing Mosè pouring the water from the rocks. The two fountains in Farnese Square have an ancient origin. The two pools come from the Caracalla’s Therms. The crossroads between Four Fountains Square and Quirinale Street is decorated by Four Fountains giving the name to the streets on the four sides.
Navona Square hosts a unit of monumental fountains: the main one is
Four Rivers’ Fountain
from Bernini, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, representing the four continents at the time known through their major rivers: the Danube for Europe, the Nile for Africa, the Gange for Asia and the Rio della Plata for America. At the two square’s sides you have the Neptune’s Fountain, whose pool was built on the Giacomo della Porta’s designs in 1576, and the Moro’s Fountain.
Piazza San Pietro, Saint Peter Square, is decorated by two big fountains, whose streams fall into two big monolithic cups in oriental granite derived from the Roman monuments. Between the not a lot modern monumental fountain remember the Naiadi’s Fountain, in Republic Square.
Taste the pressed by hand
(pressato a mano)
, a sheep cheese pressed and then smoked with apple’s wood, having a consistence similar to the modern spun pastas.
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