The curious case of Rome’s rebel lake

Apr 10, 2021 283

BY: Lidja Pisker

The lake might have been caused by mistake. But many Romans believe that its creation has been fate. Rome’s Ex SNIA lake has become a symbol of civic activism for environmental protection. It has its own park, its own songs and a social center that supports it. As a result, it’s become one of the most beautiful love stories between modern Rome and its people.

The story started in 1992, during the construction of an underground car park for a shopping mall planned in an abandoned industrial building complex in the Pigneto-Prenestino area of eastern Rome. The project’s industrial excavations intercepted an aquifer that was hidden beneath ground and the water filled an artificial reservoir that had been created during the works.

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