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Anio Vetus and Marcia Aqueducts

The Anio Vetus Aqueduct was the second aqueduct of Rome built between 272 and 269 B.C. by Marcius Curius Dentatus and Fulvius Flaccus.

The water came from the Aniene River, near Vicovaro, through an artificial lake that enabled decantation of the water. The aqueduct had a flow rate of about 180,000 cubic metres per day, following a hard course of 64 kilometers. A section of the Anio Vetus is also preserved with an arch of the Marcia Aqueduct. The Vetus crossed the ravine just upstream of the Marcia, and immediately made a right-angle turn towards Tivoli, parallel to the roadway. The surviving section is preserved intact where it passed under the arch of the Marcia, level with the modern road.

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Anio Novus Aqueduct

The Anio Novus Aqueduct was started by Emperor Caligula in 38 AD. Many ruins of this aqueduct can be seen along the Via Empolitana in Tivoli.
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The Temple of Vesta

The Temple of Vesta is a very important structure of the ancient acropolis of Tivoli. It is next to the Temple of the Sibyl and is probably dedicated to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth.
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Mensa Ponderaria

Near the Duomo we can find the Mensa Ponderaria (1st Century BC), an ancient Roman site for traders' use (a bench for weights and measures).
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