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