At that point I commented that it was a shame such a monumental piece of work had been let fall into that state and railed a bit about a government that wouldn't do anything about it.
Fast forward a year later and low and behold:
And so it has been for the past year and a half - until last week. Without fanfare or publicity the scaffolding was removed and the restored and refreshed Mostra dell'Acqua Felice was revealed.
Guiseppe Visi's engraving shows the Piazza as it was in the mid-1700s. On the left the Church of Santa Susanna, at the centre the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria and to the right the Mostra dell'Acqua Felice. The convent joining the two churches was demolished in the 1920s to make way for road connecting Piazza Barberini with Termini, the central railway station.
The Mostra (better known as the Fontana di Moses) was built in 1587 by the appropriately named Domenico Fontana as a monument to mark the spot where the new acquaduct - Acqua Felice - built by Sextus V entered the city to provide the Quirinale with a supply of water. The above engraving by Guiseppe Vasi is taken from a wonderful website that follows the engraver's tour of Rome and allows us as creator Roberto Piperno says: To Follow In the Footsteps of a XVII Century traveler.
I often thing that early morning is the best time to see Rome - little traffic and few people - so yesterday morning I headed out early to take some photos of the restored Fountain. I'll be sharing them and a few more notes about it later today or early tomorrow.
05 settembre - Madre Teresa di Calcutta