Roman Aqueduct Park

Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben


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The Park contains historical and archeological remains of great importance.

There are 7 aqueducts in the park. The most important are Aqua Claudia and Aqua Felice. The Aqua Mariana, Aqua Julia and Aqua Tepula ran inside a ditch not easily visible. The aqueduct bringing thousands of liters of water into the city each day. Romans designed their aqueducts to drop precisely 6 inches per Roman mile.


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The Acqua Mariana canal has a long history which dates back to the Middle Ages. In 1122, Pope Calixtus II ordered an artificial canal to be built for the purpose of bringing water to the farmed fields and serving the various mills and factories that had been built within the Aurelian Walls.

The canal was called Marrana dell’acqua Mariana.

The canal channelled water from a pre-existing canal, whose springs were located in Squarciarelli, Grottaferrata.

A dam and an underground aqueduct were built in the Morena area. The diverted waters entered Rome near Porta Metronia, flowed along today’s Passeggiata Archeologica and after running through the Circus Maximus, flew into the tiber near the Cloaca Maxima.

Today, the waters that partly follow the canal’s old course, come exclusively from the Acqua Felice aqueduct and after feeding a small pond, flow into the Almone.

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P.S.  An advice for those who want take a walk in the fields near the aqueduct after rain…  the ground is like shifting sands and if you go too far probably you could never come back 😉


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Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben





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