The Piazza Manfredo Fanti is a square in the Esquilino district of Rome. The building in the center of the square is the Acquario Romano, and here and there parts of the Servian Wall can still be seen. Unfortunately, the area around the square, especially at night, can make a bit of an unpleasant impression.
Piazza Manfredo Fanti Rome
Wall of Servius Tullius
Although the Wall of Servius Tullius was constructed in the mid-6th century BC, the ruins in the square are two centuries younger. Servius Tullius was the sixth king of Rome. This section was part of the so-called Agger of Servius Tullius, the most fortified part of the city wall. Along this Agger also ran a 36-metre-wide and 17-metre-deep moat. The city wall itself was 17 metres tall here. A wall from the 1st century BC was built against this older ruin.
The building in the middle of the square is still called Aquarium, although it has not performed as one for a long time. It was built between 1885 and 1887 by Ettore Bernich. As early as 1891 it became property of the city of Rome, and from then on it has been used for all kinds of purposes. At present, it is an exhibition space. Several sculptures on the facade still refer to its original function.