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Arch of Porta Furba

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Via Tuscolana
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The arch known as the ‘Porta Furba’ is one of the monuments created from the Felice Aqueduct, built by Pope Sixtus V (Felice Peretti) with the aim of supplying water to the Esquiline, Quirinal and Viminal areas of the city, which were without water. The arch, celebrating the passage of the aqueduct on via Tuscolana, was begun by Matteo Bartolani da Castello and probably finished by Giovanni Fontana, who took over from him in directing the works in July 1586. Built with peperino and travertine blocks, it also has epigraphs carved on marble tablets commemorating the construction of the entire aqueduct. The popular name for the arch perhaps derives from the presence of thieves and brigands in the area (from fur, Latin for ‘thief’) or an alteration of the word “forma”, which was used to describe aqueducts in Medieval times.

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Via Tuscolana, 100, 00178 Roma, Italy

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