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The source water sorrel ( Acqua Acetosa )

The population growth and increasing urbanization have led Rome in recent decades to grow without restraint. The Romans know that those neighborhoods that only 10 years ago were considered
“peripheral” I am no more, and the phenomenon does not seem to stop.

In light of this fact you can understand how today’s destination, relatively close to the center, until the beginning of 1900 was considered “open country” and even a destination for excursions and walks. We are talking about the Source Water Sorrel, in the homonymous street, near Avenue of Parioli.

The water was called “sorrel” as they had a vague and pleasant taste of vinegar, and until the middle of 1900 was considered among the best water policies in Italy.

But the benefits of this water were already known since 1600, as evidenced by the inscriptions on the fountain (see photo). The benefits of this water were such as to justify not only the trip to the source, but also a job in part: ‘s “acquacetosaro”, that is the one that was loaded with water sorrel with a cart or an animal, then selling it in the city. .. in practice, a sort of portable distributor of mineral water!

Alas … due to water pollution sorrel no longer exists, and the water now flows from the source is no longer ‘s “original”, but the water virgo.

The wholesomeness of the water and the pristine nature that served as a side dish made this place certainly very pleasant and romantic, so that was the scene of a love story.

The two lovers were none other than the Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and the beautiful Marchesa Marianna Florenzi. It is said that the prince in love with Rome and the young girl, did everything in his power to further sweeten this place which was the theater of their meetings. Clearly, the story ended badly because of the “reason of state”, the prince had to return home being heir to the throne, but it seems that a tender friendship between the two was never end and that Ludwig I retained for Rome and this place a special affection.

This love is now a small trace remained secret incision visible under one of the benches on the outer wall, is in German, a language which in this context would appear at least to the most out of place. It, translated, says: “Ludwig, Crown Prince of Bavaria, has put here these seats and these trees” (and we would imply: “… to conquer his beautiful”).