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Fontana della Botticella, Rome

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The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna ("The Pine cone") is a former Roman fountain which now decorates a vast niche in the wall of the Vatican facing the Cortile della Pigna, located in Vatican City, in Rome, Italy.
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  • This fountain is unusual, but like most fountains in Italy,it is full of history. Look up the history on the internet or take a Guide or Guide book as otherwise it will just be a fountain it will...  more »
  • This unusual fountain was built in 1774. At the top is a head of a river porter with a cap and kerchief around his neck, surrounded by a clam shell. Water is supposed to flow from his open mouth...  more »
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  • Charming small almost unnoticable fountain
  • The fountain is located in a niche carved from a pillar placed between two arches that unite the churches of San Rocco and San Girolamo degli Schiavoni, and was made in 1774, as is indicated in the inscription placed above it, probably with the contribution of Brotherhood of hosts and Barcaroli. Before it was located in the vicinity of the mausoleum of Augustus and for the work related to its isolation and the creation of Piazza Augusto Imperatore, was disassembled and reassembled where we can now admire. The rectangular niche is surrounded by white marble, the fountain presents, inside a shell, the head of a boy, with the cap of a porter, from whose mouth comes out the water that spills over a small semicircular basin, placed at the top of Rocks This water, in turn, through two Cannelle placed at the base of the basin, emerges on a rectangular basin supported by a barrel. Note Always at Largo San Rocco, a few meters from the fountain, there is another element worth seeing is a hydrometer, which as indicated in the inscription was inserted in 1821. It served to measure the flood level of the Tiber, and observing it better, you notice the inscriptions that indicate the height reached by them in the SIXTEENTH century: they are incredibly high.
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