Just few meters away from the city center, in the beautiful Parco di Pescaia, is located the Water Museum of Siena. Opened in 2010, the museum is situated above the ancient system of water supply that refurnished the city since the Middle Ages.
The Water Museum of Siena museum has a multimedia approach. You will be guided through the route by a huge number of audio and video contributions, included a lot of witnesses that explain the link between Siena and its underground and the memories of the ancient fountains.
Due to his morphology and to its lack of rivers nearby, the ancient population of Siena had to build a complex system of water storage , that, even nowadays, reaches the historical fountains. This system is called “Bottini” (from the latin BUCTINUS) and is one of the main attractions of the town. It is a particular and mysterious location that allows you to discover its “web of water” by walking through the underground path of Siena . Until the 1914, these Bottinis, were the only source of water in the city. The two eldest branches of this system carried the water: one from Fontebecci to Fontebranda, the other directly to the Campo Square through Gaia Fountain.
The name Bottinis comes from their typical shape that reminds a barrel. Their maintenance was up to people called “Bottinieri”. They were in charge of cleaning the branches and let the water arrive to the houses of the wealthy people that can afford it. During the tour you will be asked to walk on your hands and knees, like a true Bottiniere! This will be an unforgettable experience to know more about life in Siena in XIII century.
Further informations and and tickets available at this link: http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/sienateatri/.
The park of Pescaia is only half an hour on foot from Borgo Grondaie, which is situated just outside the city’ walls. Don’t miss the chance to live a truly unique experience. Visit our site to see our newest offers.
Pubblished by Antonio