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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We dont even planned to check this one, but this ancient cistern is great - if you can, check it after blue hour.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ákos D
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The medieval fountain (it is more a cistern than a fountain) was built in the 13th century with three arches in Gothic style and a crenellated roof near the city gate after which it was named. It is a bit out of the usual tourists’...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Borzov
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous architecture put into simple everyday tool, this well now only provides for the fish swimming in it. Latin on the far walls and vaulted ceilings add to it charm. Easy to get to if you park in the S. Maria parking lot. We saw...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank telulla311
Reviewed 27 June 2018

We stumbled across this, it is listed as a fountain but I would call it a cistern as it is a large tank. There were a number of goldfish swimming about. It is obviously very old. Interesting but not worth going out of your way...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 13 June 2018

I discovered this site by accident. Really interesting how the place evolved and the importance it had to the city. Really interesting

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank rcmontex
Reviewed 7 May 2018

This does take a bit of finding but it is very close to the Porte de Fontebranda (city gate). Really interesting history to this place. To get back up to the city centre there are a set of escalators opposite

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank applegate69
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Just off the main area of town lies this ancient water source. There is an info board explaining the 100’s of years of history. Definitely worth taking the time to find

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank LKR65
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Constructed in 12th century and still in working order. Water apparently comes from some aqueduct. It is clear but no longer drinkable. Pity!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tinkle_24
Reviewed 9 January 2018

This ancient "fountain" (really a water supply for the locals of the time, dating back to 1192 IIRC) is about a 5-minute walk downhill from the main sights. There is none of the impressive artwork found elsewhere in Siena, but it is a large building...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank FTMDave
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely clear water and koip which swim over to be fed. A nice place to sit. Use the escalator from Pellegrini toake the trip easier

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank kirrieloon
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