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Acqua Vergine: The Answer to Rome's Water Challenges

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct founded in Rome, started providing the men and women living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had relied on natural springs up until then. If people living at higher elevations did not have accessibility to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to depend on the remaining existing solutions of the day, cisterns that compiled rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that drew the water from under ground. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a unique method was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to provide water to Pincian Hill. Through its initial construction, pozzi (or manholes) were added at set intervals alongside the aqueduct’s channel. Even though they were originally planned to make it possible to service the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started out using the manholes to collect water from the channel, starting when he purchased the property in 1543. He didn’t get an adequate amount water from the cistern that he had built on his property to gather rainwater. By using an orifice to the aqueduct that flowed under his property, he was in a position to satisfy his water demands.

The History of Garden Water Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classic Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to turn it into the model capital of the Christian world. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a desolate Roman aqueduct which had transported fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. A mostra, a monumental celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a tradition which was restored by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti began the construction of a wall fountain in the place where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the renown baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona came from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

A Wall Fountain to Match Your Design

You can find peace and quiet when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. Even a small space can include a custom-built one. Both the stand alone and fitted versions must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, contemporary, antique, and Asian are just some of the styles from which you can choose.

Freestanding wall fountains, commonly known as floor fountains, are relatively big and feature a basin on the ground.

A wall-mounted water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This style of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.