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Cloaca Massima

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pwargin wrote a review Jun 2019
Warsaw, Poland33 contributions24 helpful votes
Cloaca Maxima is often mentioned in history books and yet it's nearly impossible to find sites related to it. This unmarked arch at Tiber 's embankment is supposedly the place where it coonects to the Tiber river. Here, among homeless people encampment you can actualy see a small sewage outlet. Does it mean that the ancient sewage system is still working, buried under Rome's streets? If so, I would love to learn more about it current state, better yet - tour it. btw nearby, behind the Arch of Janus, is a place that seams to be connected to Cloaca Maxima (see photos)
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Dimitris L wrote a review Nov 2017
Sydney, Australia22,342 contributions60,934 helpful votes
The Cloaca Massima (the Greatest Sewer) is a very important archaeological and historical site. To the ordinary person it's probably nothing at all, but to those who have studied the history and are lovers of history, then this is fantastic. This was a sewer, originally built by the Etruscans, that is before the real Romans took over! The Romans used it as the major sewer of the city. It was a great engineering work and it served the city for a long time. Most probably it was open drains and channels originally, but it is also quite likely that some underground works were undertaken by the Romans. It was so good it still works, at least partly, even today!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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toad69 wrote a review May 2017
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom294 contributions116 helpful votes
We built this into our walk across the Tiber Island and while it does not seem much without it Rome would never have prospered. The Cloaca Maxima[n 1] (Italian: Cloaca Massima) is one of the world's earliest sewage systems. Constructed in Ancient Rome in order to drain local marshes and remove the waste of one of the world's most populous cities, it carried effluent to the River Tiber, which ran beside the city.[
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Maggi713 wrote a review Feb 2017
Baltimore, Maryland10,161 contributions1,061 helpful votes
This is another one of those off the beaten path things to see in Rome if you are in the area. The cloaca maxima was the sewer system built in the sixth or seventh century B.C., by one of the kings of Rome to drain the marshes in the valleys between the hills into the Tiber River. The cloaca maxima began under the Argiletum, the street of booksellers, then it went under the forum and then it joined up with streams carrying water from the Esquiline, Viminal and Quirinal hills to finally discharge into the Tiber. The cloaca maxima itself was the large central canal. It is located next to the Ponte Palatino.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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SeatOfMyPntsTravelr wrote a review Oct 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia1,370 contributions251 helpful votes
The ancient Greatest Sewer was essential for the Romans and the fact that it still operates - though not spewing effluent/waste into the Tiber - is awesome.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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