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Rome - Wall-painting on the Tiber River.
The massive walls of control of the Lungotevere render today difficult to imagine how much "fluvial one" could be the ancient city and how much it was still a century makes. But this logon with the river, than sure was remarkable an economic resource, was also - from always - to high risk. Already Livio attests that the floods of the Tevere, often disastrous, announcers of important events or punishment were thought from the roman people of of the angry ones, and sure involved - beyond that destructions - epidemics caused from the stagnation of waters. Still in XIX the century the fact that the arrival of the Piemontesi to Rome had been greeted from a disastrous flooding, 28 December 1870, confirmed the roman people in its ancient opinion and never abandoned. The flooding arrived, that time, more than 17 meters beyond the normal level of the river (practically until public square of Spain) To the end of the 1876 Government assigned the contract of the first lottery of the jobs, that 25 years lasted. The Port of Ripetta was not never reconstructed, but one new disastrous flood of the river in 1900, that it exceeded the 16 meters, showed that the control supplied from the massive walls worked (even if to the end they collapsed 125 meters of bank between Garibaldi Bridge and Cestio Bridge). The last feature of the work, under the Aventino, was completed in 1926, at 50 years from the beginning.

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