The Acqua Felice was built at the behest of Pope Sixtus V (r. 1585-90). Work began on the thirty-kilometre-long aqueduct just 10 days after the pope's election and involved 4,000 men. It was completed in 1587 and named after Sixtus V, who was born Felice Peretti.
Still-functioning, the Acqua Felice was the first aqueduct to be constructed in Rome for thirteen hundred years. Its display point is the Fountain of Moses.
The source of the Acqua Felice is a group of springs fifteen miles to the east of Rome at a place called Pantano Borghese.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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