Fontana del Ponte Sisto

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Fontana del Ponte Sisto
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Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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dapper777
Monaco31,938 contributions
Il "Fontanone' of Ponte Sisto.
Feb 2021 • Friends
The large fountain which is today in Piazza Trilussa was built in 1613 by the Flemish Jan van Santen, known in Italy as Giovanni Vasanzio, in collaboration with Giovanni Fontana.
It was originally located on the left bank of the Tiber at the end of Via Giulia near the 'Ospizio dei Mendicanti', built a few years earlier by Pope Sixtus V of the Peretti family.
It was fed by a branch of the Trajan- Paola aqueduct, restored by Paul V himself to serve the Trastevere area.
Conceived as a monumental arch with a central niche flanked by two Ionic columns, the fountain has a pediment at the top, above which there is the coat of arms of the Borghese family (eagle and dragon) and the celebratory inscription that recalls the merits of the pontiff for having conducted the new water also on the left bank of the Tiber.
The inscription reads as follows :" Pontiff Maximus Paolus V for his generosity conveyed the water he had brought on the top of the Janiculum hill to this side of the Tiber for use by the whole city in the Year of the Lord 1613, the eighth of his pontificate".
The fountain was dismantled in 1879 for the construction of the banks of the Tiber, for which the destruction of the hospice for the beggars was necessary.
Only in 1898 it was rebuilt on the right bank of the river, conceived as an isolated structure, aligned with the Ponte Sistob and with the imposing exhibition of the Acqua Paola located on the top of the Janiculum.
After the reconstruction, two new inscriptions were added inside the central arch and outside the right side to commemorate the transfer of the fountain.
The Romans call it "the Fontanone of Ponte Sisto".
It is a place where many young people meet and often sit on the steps to watch the people passing by.
The surrounding square is always crowded, and very often you can also see people singing or playing.
Certainly worth a stop.
Written 29 April 2021
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Malgorzata
10,365 contributions
A beautiful fountain
May 2019
In front of Ponte Sisto, on Piazza Trilussa you can find a beautiful and majestic fountain "Ponte Sisto". The fountain was built in 1613 with the cooperation of Giovanni Fontana. It is stand on a hill relative to the road surface and it is necessary to enter it by several stairs. It has a large niche bordering on two columns, on top of which there is a special pediment and the tympanum has still perfectly legible inscription. At the top of the pediment stands a papal coat of arms. On the sides are two dragons that also pour water into the tank and two lions at the ends, which instead pour it into two small tanks.Externally, it looks really fantastic, with a beautifully worked stone and a really impressive overall look. Must see.
Written 19 April 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,126 contributions
It changed both place and name.
Jun 2018 • Solo
The problem of supply of clean drinking water was very acute in the middle ages. As far as we can see now in Africa or India. Lack of water is an early death from intestinal diseases. Fountains in Rome, which we perceive as a work of art, are the sources of water supply in the first place. The area of the Western Bank of the Tiber river was acutely aware of the shortage of drinking water in the early XVII century. Pope Paul V Borghese began construction of a water pipeline along the route of the ancient aqueduct of Trajan in 1609. Aqua Paola fountain, standing on the hill of Gianicolo, is therefore named in his honor. The Ponte Sisto fountain was next when the water was lowered down to the Tiber. Interestingly, at that time the fountain was on the other side of the bridge and was leaning against the facade of the hospice "Hundred priests" to provide water which was intended. The name "one Hundred priests" is connected with the fact that the hospice was run by a meeting of one hundred priests. The fountain was designed by Giovanni Vasanzio, in collaboration with Giovanni Fontana, who was engaged in Gidravlik, and was completed in 1613. The hospice was destroyed in 1880, and the fountain was dismantled due to the construction of the Tiber walls to prevent flooding. However, the fountain was restored and rebuilt at the other end of the bridge, in the square where it is now. The rapid flow of water is no longer there and the fountain is used for hanging out local youth.
Written 31 March 2019
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
Ornate fountain
Feb 2018 • Couples
Built in the early 1600, the fountain was originally located on the other side of the tiber during widening of the banks it was removed stored and later erected in its current location within Piazza Trilussa. worth a visit during a walk of the area.
Written 7 February 2018
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia31,241 contributions
Lovely spot
Jun 2017 • Couples
Fontana del Ponte Sisto is a 17th century creation. In fact it was constructed in order to provide an adequate water supply to the Vatican Gardens! Of course others benefited as well. Worth a look.
Written 4 November 2017
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK608,202 contributions
Impressive.
May 2017 • Friends
While passing over Ponte Sisto we came across the very impressive Fontana Del Ponte Sisto and although by no means is it a must see attraction if your in the area it's still a nice site to visit.
Originally on the other side of the bridge the fountain was completed in 1610 and is a very nice piece of architecture .
On our 8 day holiday to Rome we visited Trastevere on several occasions and passed this fountain on numerous occasions were we took some photos.
Of a night the steps leading up to the fountain are thronged with tourists and locals alike enjoying a beer and chatting,makes for a great atmosphere.
If your in the Trastevere neighbourhood this is one tourist site I recommend you seek out .
Written 23 May 2017
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Dude197
Woburn, MA20 contributions
beautiful view
Oct 2016 • Family
very nice view of the river and peaceful if you go down the stairs .
close by is a river tour that operates as a hop-on -hope off tour .
Written 8 November 2016
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,899 contributions
MAY NOT BE AS BIG AS SOME BUT STILL GRAND
May 2016 • Couples
The Aqua Traiana, (Trajan’s Aqueduct later, Acqua Paola), had been restored to supply water to Fontana dell'Acqua Paola up on the Janiculum Hill and this served the peoples needs for water this side of the Tiber. The opposite side also needed water, so a pipeline was installed from Acqua Paola across the Ponte Sisto. Pope Paul V Borghesi commissioned Giovanni Vasanzio to build a fountain at the end of the pipeline on Via Giulia and it was installed in 1613.

The fountain was dismantled in 1879, due to restoration of the embankment of the Tiber, (numerous buildings were demolished). It was relocated on the opposite side of the Tiber, in its current position of Piazza Trilussa, opposite the Ponte Sisto in 1898. Restoration began in 2013, which marked the 400th anniversary of its construction and was completed in 2014.

This is a beautiful fountain with 15 steps leading up to its base, it may not be as big as some of the fountains in Rome, however it is just as grand. It is embellished with symbols of the Borghesi family, in the forms of dragons and eagles.
Written 2 November 2016
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Paolo182002
376 contributions
Nothing special
Sep 2016 • Couples
Bridge leading into travestere. It's a nice bridge but that's all. It overlooks dirty greenish water. Entire bridge has vendors all along it. I mean I guess it fits with the area and brings the charm to the area. Fountain is just across from it. Not very nice. Looks kind of dirty. I don't even think it's works.
Written 10 September 2016
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high_low73
Bergen, Norway790 contributions
It's not the fountain itself....
Apr 2016 • Family
...that makes the atmosphere of the area. Though interesting it is far from impressive or very beautiful. But the lively piazza and the stairs filled with people makes this place worth a visit. The Fountain was originally constructed 1610 on the other side of Tiber river, but was moved over to it's present location 1880 here on Piazza Trilussa.
Written 28 April 2016
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