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Acqua Vergine: The Solution to Rome's Water Challenges

Rome’s first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, citizens living at higher elevations had to depend on natural creeks for their water. When aqueducts or springs weren’t available, people dwelling at raised elevations turned to water taken from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns. In the very early sixteenth century, the city began to make use of the water that flowed below ground through Acqua Vergine to supply drinking water to Pincian Hill. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. Whilst these manholes were provided to make it simpler and easier to preserve the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to extract water from the channel, which was done by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he obtained the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. Although the cardinal also had a cistern to amass rainwater, it didn’t supply a sufficient amount of water. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat directly below his property, and he had a shaft established to give him accessibility.

Rome, Gian Bernini, And Outdoor Water Fountains

There are many renowned fountains in Rome’s city center. One of the best ever sculptors and artists of the 17th century, virtually all of them were designed, conceptualized and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He was also a city designer, in addition to his abilities as a fountain developer, and records of his life's work are noticeable throughout the avenues of Rome. Eventually transferring to Rome to completely show their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains, Bernini’s father, a distinguished Florentine sculptor, guided his young son. The young Bernini earned praise from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an diligent employee. At first he was well known for his sculpting skills. Most famously in the Vatican, he used a base of experience in ancient Greek architecture and melded it effortlessly with Roman marble. Although many artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo affected him the most.Outdoor Garden Fountain Engineers History 463854546.jpg

Outdoor Garden Fountain Engineers Through History

Commonly serving as architects, sculptors, designers, engineers and cultivated scholars, all in one, fountain creators were multi-faceted individuals from the 16th to the late 18th century. Throughout the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci illustrated the artist as a imaginative genius, inventor and scientific virtuoso. The forces of nature inspired him to explore the qualities and motion of water, and due to his curiosity, he methodically captured his ideas in his now famed notebooks. Remodeling private villa configurations into innovative water showcases full of symbolic meaning and natural beauty, early Italian fountain designers combined creativity with hydraulic and gardening abilities. The humanist Pirro Ligorio brought the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli and was distinguished for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design. For the various properties near Florence, other water feature developers were well versed in humanistic subjects as well as ancient technical texts, masterminding the excellent water marbles, water highlights and water antics.