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Fontana del Mascherone

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Address: Via del Mascherone, Rome, Italy
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This fountain is unique and a little bit scary: it's in the shape of a...

This fountain is unique and a little bit scary: it's in the shape of a grotesque face.

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ANCIENT ROMAN PIECES MAKE UP FOUNTAIN

Fontana del Masherone is located on via Giulia, near Palazzo Farnese. The fountain was designed by Giacomo della Porta, in 1570 for the Farnese Family and it was to run off Acqua... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fontana del Masherone is located on via Giulia, near Palazzo Farnese. The fountain was designed by Giacomo della Porta, in 1570 for the Farnese Family and it was to run off Acqua Vergine, however, water flow was not powerful enough. It was not until the Acqua Paola aqueduct was established that the fountain was able to function. The fountain was... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Its a working fountain like many others in Rome but I wouldn't worry too much about seeing it. Its easy to pass if you're walking from Trastevere to Campo di Fiori.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

This fountain is off the beaten path but well worth seeing if your in the area. Enjoy seeing these mask fountains around Italy.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

This fountain might not seem like much but it is located on amazing little quaint street Via di Santa Sabina and next to a nice church and really close to the amazing keyhole view of the St. Peter’s Cathedral – Buco della Serratura Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta, Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta!!! Come here if you loved La Grande... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

The Mask Fountain on the Via Giuilia just off the Tiber River near the Ponte Sisto and just behind the Palazzo Farnese is one of those off-the-beaten path sights you will want to see. This rather bizarre fountain was made in 1626 by combining two ancient sculptures. It was commissioned by the Farnese family. My older brothers used to tease... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2014

Located on via Giulia, the fountain is on the street with free access. Not the impressive though but nice to check. Located near by Villa Farnesina so if you are already there - check it out.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

The Fontana del Mascherone is an unusual fountain on Via Giulia, near the Farnese Arch. The large and almost scary mask dribbles water from its mouth, which runs into a shell-shaped basin, then into a larger pool. The fountain is topped with a flour de lis, a symbol used by the Farnese family. It's an interesting fountain worth the quick... More 

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