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TODI UNDERGROUND : THE “Fabbrica della Piana”

March 21, 2014

by Benedetta Tintillini

corretta-copy (1)Among olive groves and pine trees, inside the Parco della Piana, a pleasant green area close to the town of Todi, lies the charming Fontana dei Bottini. Delicious in its simplicity and in its functions, with less than 150 years of life, the fountain tells us of a simple peasant life that seems so far away in time. Built in 1872 , it is called “dei Bottini” because it is supplied by small galleries by barrel vaults called Bottini. It consists of three basins, with different functions: one for the watering of animals and two for cloths washing, one for soaping and one for rinsing.

This fountain was, and is, fed by water drained from the galleries to be visited .

The nineteenth-century galleries are fully accessible even to the people less accustomed to this kind of experience, passable on foot and in extreme safety .

The bricks used for the masonry works were made with the material of the excavations, brought outside, worked in a furnace built ​​for this purpose, and reintroduced into the form of bricks. (more…)

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