Pope Clement VIII
Velino River and Marmore Falls
The Velino river flows over the Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls), with a drop of 165 meters. However, the violent splashing at the bottom of the waterfall would cause vast flooding. Additionally, the large amounts of salts deposited in this way made the flooded areas uncultivable. Although the ancient Romans had built a drainage ditch, the problem worsened in recent times. Clement VIII hired the architect Giovanni Fontana to solve the problem, who ended up simply cleaning up the ancient Roman ditch. There was some improvement, but the issue again required intervention in the late eighteenth century.
Thesaurus 6 "Andromeda", 8 October 2011, lot 1152.
Modesti 2006, no. 1005