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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

10/10/2019, 13:12

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #archeologia, #archeology, #acquedotto, #acqueduct



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 Also a mall could be an attraction in Rome, mainly if in the underground area you can find two thousand of years old walls from an original Roman acqueduct...



Going to the new shopping mall of the city centre of Rome, named "Rinascente", there are many shops where you can buy things, satisfying your wills. But in the Eternal City there are always nice surprises, something that could really impressed you. Imagine that: some years ago, in order to restore the building, the archeologists found an amazing thing, an archeological treasure that everybody could see today, going to the underground level of the "Rinascente". I’m talking about an original section of the so called "Acqueduct of the Virgin", the only working original ancient Roman acqueduct! These walls are two thousand of years ago, because the acqueduct was inaugurated by Augustus at the 19 BC. It is just a section 300 feets long, but it could tell us several things, bringing us in the ancient times. First of all imagine, again, how this acqueduct is working, because it was restored several times over the centuries. Its water is coming from the Trevi Fountain, just to have an idea. But there is something more. First of all the man who really would the Acqueduct of the Virgin was Agrippa, an Augustus’ relative and the main general of the first emperor of Rome. Being a real important Roman man, but also the aedile of that time, Agrippa found architectonical ways to promote himself and the kingdom of Augustus. To build monuments or important elements for the community was the base of the political self promotion, something usefull to gain new popularity. In this case the couple Augustus/Agrippa released this acqueduct, with the springs that are located in Salone, a place 40 miles far from the city centre of Rome. Thanks to underground tunnels (a smart way to avoid the destruction of the acqueduct by the enemies), the acqueduct reached the ancient neighborhood named Campo Marzio. Why there? Because it was the area choose by Agrippa to realize impressive monuments like the Pantheon, the Basilica of Neptune and the first public Baths of ancient Rome. And in order to have baths, with their hot and cold pools, you need to water. And to have water, of course, you need to an acqueduct. It is amazing to understand how many things could tell us these walls: politics and society of the beginning of the Roman Empire, when Augustus needed to improve his popularity. But also a way to understand how the water supply in Rome was fantastic, so much that the Eternal City could have, around the I century AD, something like one million of people! The first metropole in the ancient world due to fundamental site constructions, like an acqueduct. An archeological evidence that could be seen in the underground level of a mall...  #unaguidaturisticaroma #romeisus #Rome #Roma #colle #archeologia #archeology #atourguiderome #acquedotto #acqueduct #shopping




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