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Fontana della Sfera Grande

You are along the route: AQUEDUCTS AND FOUNTAINS. THE MARVEL OF WATER

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Piazzale della Farnesina
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Located opposite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the fountain, also called “of the World”, was commissioned in 1968 by Amintore Fanfani, the then Foreign Minister. The design, created by the architect Enrico Del Debbio, reuses the Large Sphere which the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro has made for the international Exhibition in Montreal in 1967. The structure is constituted by two slightly overlapping rectangular pools surmounted by the bronze sphere, four metres in diameter. The sphere, which is smooth and polished on the outside with a diagonal opening showing the complex internal mechanism, symbolises the world lacerated by external occurrences. As the inscription on the front says, the fountain was inaugurated on 4 May 1968 and dedicated “to the Italians who honour their country in the world”.

How to get the step: Fontana della Sfera Grande

Piazzale della Farnesina, 00135 Roma, Italia

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