Fountains of Rome

Rome has possessed a reputation for fountains since ancient times. Originally they served as a water source for those who were not fortunate enough to have plumbing directly to their homes. This example, one of a number around the city, carries on the tradition. If one wants a drink, one covers the main spout opening and bends down to hole halfway along the curved pipe.

I also took this picture because it shows the initials, SPQR, which mark the civic structures of Rome. They refer to the ancient designation, "Senatus Populusque Romanus" or "Roman Senate and People."

The Fontana delle Tartarughe is known for its turtles around the topmost rim.

Even the Trevi Fountain has ancient connections. Its name derives from the three roads that met at the end of an aquaduct. Of course people come to see it rather than get water from it.
Last updated August 28, 2005.