By Marit Shuman

There’s a fountain in the Piazza Trilussa, in the Trastevere, where people can sit and watch live performance. 

The fountain is called fontana di Ponte Sisto, which refers to the bridge right across from the piazza.



Generally, there is music being played at all hours or events like this one, which was filmed on Sunday, June 18, 2017.


The story of Persephone is being reenacted, using dancers on stilts and plenty of pyrotechnics.


The ancient story tells how Persephone is abducted by Pluto, the god of the Underworld.  


Her mother, Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, heartbroken at the loss of her daughter, plunges the world into darkness. 


Finally, Persephone is found and allowed to resurface on earth, bringing spring. 

But, because she has eaten the food of Hades, pomegranate seeds, she must return again every year, as the seasons change to winter.



Photos:  Fountain: Starhotels; Ponte Sisto: Wikipedia.



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