montieri-600px-Palazzo_dei_Marchesi_Montieri-(1)-AlienauticFonti di Sopra e Sotto

These two fonts date back to around 1236 and are an integral part of the hydraulic system of the town.

Fonte di Sopra: Above the plaque that describes this font’s illustrious opening is a marble coat of arts bearing a rampant lion- the symbol of the Republic of Siena.

Fotte di Sotto: Until the mid-20th century, this font had a trough for animals, but it was removed and replaced with two small stone basins. In the late 19th century, a plaque dedicated to the memory of Giuseppe Garibaldi was added above the font’s two stone arches.

Photo: Alienautic via Wikipedia Commons.