Peter Kun Frary | Photographer

Aqua in Roma • Roma, Italia


Opposite the Tuscan Colonnades and across Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square) are massive archways leading into the neighborhoods surrounding Vatican City. After weathering bustling Piazza San Pietro, this neighborhood was tranquil and sleepy, a welcome sanctuary for this weary trekker.

I wandered from café to cabaret, abating my time with a bottle of wine and spotted this curious water basin on the sidewalk. Ancient and sun baked, it still regurgitated a flow of fresh water from its bowels for parched souls. I saw similar basins throughout Rome's old quarters and they once played an essential role: providing aqua for the poor and those without indoor plumbing. I observed a few Romans drinking from the basin, so its usefulness has never ceased.

Vatican graffiti...

Save for the herds of motorcycles, scooters and wee cars, things here haven't changed much for millennia. There is little in the rustic stucco villas, sidewalk cafes and cobblestone alleys to distinguish 1608 from 2008.

I left this peaceful back alley reluctantly, and made my way back to the subway, speeding at breakneck speed to Roma's main termini.

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