Siena Font Gaia Bird Bath

Pigeons enjoy the relief from the summer heat bathing in the waters of Font Gaia in central Siena.

Siena Font Gaia

Font Gaia (Foutain of Joy) has graced the famed Il Campo in Siena for 666 years.

Opposite Palazzo Publico at the highest point of Siena’s main piazza sits Font Gaia (fountain of joy). It continues to be fed by a water system in place since its unveiling in 1348. Some of the Tuscan hotel rooms appear to rely on plumbing of a similar vintage!!

While fenced from the public, the enticing cooling waters are an attraction on a warm Tuscan summer’s day. The superb marble panels were added in the early 1400s by the treasured Sienese sculptor, Jacopo della Quercia though the originals are now protected under the palace, faithful copies now surrounding the fountain on three sides.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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