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Eyewitness Travel Family Guide Rome by DK Publishing

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Aquatic Rome

Family Guide
Tritons and sea horses at the magnificent Trevi Fountain
By the 4th century BC, the waters of the Tiber were too polluted to drink, and aqueducts were built to bring supplies of fresh water to feed the city’s fountains, from where citizens would get their daily supply of water. Fountain building was revived in the Renaissance and reached its height in the 17th century, when architects such as Bernini created exuberant centrepieces for the city’s piazzas. Until fairly recently fountains were used for cooling off in summer, but these days full-immersion is only permitted in the nearby sea and lakes.

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