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Ines G wrote a review Jul 2019
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We visited the Fonte delle Fate during our stay in San Gimignano near Poggibonsi. We instantly fell in love with this fine collection of crocodile and human sculptures. Best one we’ve seen so far in this genre of collections. The green colour of the fonte really tickled our pickle. Would 100% recommend putting this on your Italy hitlist. Tragically neglected as a Unesco world heritage wonder.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Flanno wrote a review Jul 2019
County Kildare, Ireland71 contributions33 helpful votes
The fountain is located in the archaeodromo park of Poggibonsi in a well signed location with parking onsite. It could do with a bit of restoring/ clean-up but the sculptures within and the team of little and large turtles paddling around added a nice surprise. The sculptures are quite eery. We enjoyed a walk around the park itself and while it was a Sunday evening as suggested for the historical re-enactments, there were very few people around. There were a couple of local archaeologists within the archaeodromo medieval village reconstruction. They are obviously passionate about their work and have done a great job but had no English and we had very little Italian so we just smiled and waved! Overall, a nice slice of Poggibonsi's past, but the fountain area needs a bit of clean up work.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Islanddraft wrote a review May 2016
Providenciales26 contributions8 helpful votes
Poggibonsi Fonte Delle Fate is associated with the Parco Archeologico and we have not explored all of it, yet. But the fountain with the rest of the grassy picnic park areas were well worth the walk from our place of stay at the train station. A little community sprit in picking up miscreants trash would be good. To have a beautiful sight & thus a beautiful photo delayed while trying to relocate a beer bottle (as well as some other debris) is unfortunate. But it is not by any means trashy. In fact it is lovely and I can imagine in the summer bustling with picnickers. On this cool late afternoon, May 1st , there were some enjoying the park. As we looked at the ruins, I could not help but to wonder what the area looked like back all those years ago. Let your imagination go & enjoy the area. I would give 5 stars if not for the debris. But I'm easy to please.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Brun066 wrote a review May 2015
Florence, Italy9,885 contributions1,019 helpful votes
Probably my judgment on the "Fonte delle Fate" is affected by the recent visit I made to some similar medieval fountains of Siena, in particular Fontebranda and "Fonte di Pescaia". The water in those fountains (fed from groundwater that apparently is still rich) flows in abundance, or at least in substantial amount, then the tanks (covered by cross vaults) which form the heart of those buildings, retain the suggestion that comes by clear, flowing water. Here, however, the water doesn't longer flow (or at least it flows in amounts so low as to determine an ugly "pond" appearance). Therefore it lacks an essential suggestive feature. Certainly from an architectural point of view, the building is outstanding. Sources tell us that for building (XIII century) an architect from northern Italy (Crema, near Milan) was called. But the city of Poggio Bonizi (the Poggibonsi's ancestor) which occupied the plateau overlooking the fountain, was destroyed by the Florentines in 1270; then it can be assumed that the fountain - which was mostly in the service of that city - was almost useless. In fact at the end of the fifteenth century the fountain was buried because the building of the "Medici Fortress" on the site of the previous "Poggio Bonizi"; and it was unearthed only in the early nineteenth century. Today the fountain is well restored. But it's in a secluded place, which then facilitates the vandal's work. Indeed on medieval columns (May 2015) there are some dingy graffiti, which reinforce the impression of neglect, already given by standing water. Maybe lock the access to the fountain at night, and / or place a CCTV could solve the problem?
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Date of experience: May 2015
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