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Fontana del Mascherone

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Fontana del Mascherone

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Via Giulia, 00153 Rome Italy
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dapper777 wrote a review Oct 2020
Monaco25,807 contributions2,541 helpful votes
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If we start from Piazza Pallotti, on the left of the street, leaning against the wall, we find the fountain of the Mascherone which forms the backdrop to the opposite via del Mascherone. The construction of the fountain was carried out under the auspices and with the money of the Farnese family, most likely in the same period as the adaptation of the two basins in Piazza Farnese to fountains, that is in 1626, for public purposes of drinking water to passers-by. The fountain consists of an ancient rectangular porphyry basin above which a marble complex rises with a large white marble mask in the middle, probably from the Roman age. It is decorated on both sides by volutes and an architrave with a wrought iron lily in the center, which is the coat of arms of the Farnese family. The fountain is perfect as a location for photo opportunities and a nice surprise for those who walk along the beautiful Via Giulia.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Malgorzata wrote a review Feb 2020
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The 17th century fountain was built thanks to the donation of the Farnese family. Fontana del Mascherone stands on the wall separating Via Giulia from Lungotevere dei Tebaldi, a short distance from Palazzo Farnese. The fountain is formed by an ancient granite thermal basin. In the center stands the famous marble mask with a half-open mouth, from which water falls. The work was created by Girolamo Rainaldi. One of the many corners of Rome that seems forgotten but has great charm.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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SoCalOregonian wrote a review Oct 2019
Murrieta, California9,190 contributions1,106 helpful votes
This fountain located along via Giulia, behind Palazzo Farnese, is from the early 1600’s and attributed to Rainaldi. It is constructed of marble and granite and is mounted on a wall with a large basin above which is a smaller basin, which receives the water from the mouth of the mask, which then flows into the larger basin. There is a wrought iron fleur-de-lis atop the fountain and a metal railing and two concrete bollards in front of the fountain.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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SuperTed19 wrote a review Jun 2019
Madison, Wisconsin612 contributions281 helpful votes
This is definitely a nice fountain, and it has an interesting history. However, it is one of the many fountains in Rome that isn’t among the best.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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nellielim wrote a review Dec 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,113 contributions1,501 helpful votes
Located on Via Giulia behind the Farnese Palace is this 17th century fountain of the Big Mask. The fountain is attached to the wall and the water flows from the mouth of the mask into a small shell shaped container.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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