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Fontebranda, Siena

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  • Started at the end of the year 1000, enlarged and rebuilt in brick and travertine in the mid 1200 is the largest and most imposing source of Siena, but least known of the Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo. With large Gothic arches surmounted by battlements, from a frontal with jets leonini travertine and the coat of arms of Siena. Near the birthplace of Santa Caterina. The source is cited in Dante's Divine Comedy in the 30th canto of the Inferno when meet Master Adam, known forger fiorentino, in the tenth pit of the eighth circle. The source by Siena is better known as "the source that talks" because every half hour from the source come voices, sounds and songs.
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  • Constructed in 12th century and still in working order. Water apparently comes from some aqueduct. It is clear but no longer drinkable. Pity!  more »
  • 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 fou...  more »
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  • Not necessary to see but cool if you are in the area. It's an ancient public bath.
  • Nice quite and beautiful. Clear water and beautiful fishes.
  • Again like most places in Italy, this place is beautiful! Just take a look around at pretty much anything. History is thick and wonderful!
  • Accessible from the street, open 24 hours a day, beautiful aqua reservoir with crystal clear water and a constant flow of water.
  • Nice fountain/pond fed by water from ancient aqueducts

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To enjoy panoramic views of Siena's historical old town, check into a luxury hotel in the city center. If you are looking to escape the activity of the main tourist areas, consider staying at a hostel or guesthouse just outside the central areas. Private multi-room villas in the residential neighborhoods offer landscaped outdoor space and secure parking. For something a little different and considerably less expensive, explore one of many B&Bs in the vineyards and olive groves of Siena's countryside.
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