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Villa Medici Fountain
This fountain rises in front of Villa Medici and was commissioned around 1589 to Annibale Lippi by cardinal Ferdinando de’Medici. It consists of a large octagonal pond at the ground level, from the centre of which rises a pillar that supports a dull grey granite circular cupin the shape of a bowl with a marble sphere that pours water.
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By tradition the sphere is a cannon ball that replaced a Medicean fleur-de-lis. In fact according to the story queen Christine of Sweden ordered to shoot a gun against the main gate of Villa Medici during a visit to Castel Sant’Angelo. The cannon ball was picked up and inserted at the top of the fountain to remember the event.
Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, Rome
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