At the foot of the short flight of steps that leads up to the Piazza del Campidoglio, sit two basalt lions. The pair once graced the ancient sanctuary to the Egyptian goddess Isis in the Campus Martius, but were moved here in 1562.
The lions were later adapted as fountains, which on special occasions would spout wine instead of water. One lion spouted red, the other white wine.
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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 and
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