Fonte Gaia - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Fonte Gaia
One of the beautiful and magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain, designed by Jacopo Della Quercia around 1419, adorns the higher part of Piazza del Campo. The fountain stands on the exact spot occupied by a previously existing fountain in 1346. The water that feeds the fountain travels from a spring in the nearby countryside through 25 kilometers of underground passages known as Bottini, built in the Middle Ages and named thus on account of their barrel vaulting.
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Piazza del Campo
0.06km from Fonte Gaia
Piazza del Campo is the main public space of the historic center of Siena, Tuscany. Built-in the exact place where the three antique hilltop towns sloped together, before eventually combining to create the community of Siena. As well as its global fame for its aesthetic beauty, the Piazza del Campo is also significant as the site of a twice-annual horse race whose beginnings can be traced to Mediaeval times.
0.09km from Fonte Gaia
Tuscan city of Siena. It is located in the heart of Piazza del Campo. It was built after the order of its construction was given by the Nine; a council consisting of merchants and bankers whose sole purpose was to govern Siena, in the late 13th century. The outside of the structure is an example of Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences. The lower story is stone while the upper crenellated stories are made of brick. Nearly every major room in the palace contains frescoes.
Tower of Mangia
0.1km from Fonte Gaia
Torre del Mangia is a magnificent tower in the Tuscan city of Siena, Italy. The tower took a whole decade to be constructed and became the stronghold of many governors in its time. It was built between the years of 1338 and 1348. The place holds a scenic charm to it, which adds to the city’s magnificent architecture and is situated in Piazza del Campo.
Duomo di Siena
0.18km from Fonte Gaia
The metropolitan cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is the main place of Catholic worship in Siena, in Tuscany, the episcopal seat of the metropolitan archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino; the building is located in the homonymous square, in the Terzo di Città. Built-in the Italian Romanesque-Gothic style, it is one of the most significant churches built in this style in Italy.
Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico
0.39km from Fonte Gaia
The basilica of Santo Domingo is a religious building in Siena, in the region of Tuscany in Italy. The church was begun in 1226–1265, but was enlarged in the 14th century resulting in the Gothic appearance it has now. However, aspects of the Gothic structure were subsequently destroyed by fires in 1443, 1456, and 1531, and further damage later resulted from military occupation it houses the relics of St. Catherine and the original portrait of her painted by her contemporary and friend, Andrea Va
Castello di Brolio
15.05km from Fonte Gaia
The Brolio castle is located in Brolio, near San Regolo, in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti, in the province of Siena. The imposing building is positioned on the back of a hillock that branches off from a western spur of the high Chianti mountains between Monte Fienali and Monte Luco Berardenga, flanked by the Malena and Dudda streams, tributaries of the Arbia.
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Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany is also known for its wines.