Assisi and its Springs Itinerary

An interesting way to visit the city of Assisi is to follow water as a thematic guideline. Already within the old city walls there is a profusion of springs and fountains, almost underlining the value that St Francis attached to this element, which he described as “useful and precious”. From wells to cisterns, fountains large and small and water troughs for cattle, a look at Assisi’s water provisioning system gives a good idea of how this resource was managed through the centuries.

1.Fonte S. Niccolò in Via Portica near the Roman forum
2.Fonte Oliviera in Via S. Francesco, attributed to Galeazzo Alessi and named after Orvieto Ludovici, who commissioned it in 1570
3.Fonte Perlici near the Roman amphitheatre, built in 1294 by order of Guido di Giacomo da Cortona-Capitano del Popolo
4.Fonte S. Rufino known also as the Fonte dei Leoni, is inscribed as having been erected in 1279 and bears also the name of the then Capitano del Popolo, Bonifacio dei Samaritani
5.Fonte Comunale public washing fountain in Via Giuseppe degli Aromatari, dates back to the 18th century
6.Medieval acqueduct Sanguinone under the Rocca Minore, which branches off towards the Fonte Perlici
7.Fonte S. Chiara next to St Claire’s, rebuilt over the foundations of an earlier wash house that dated back to the Middle Ages
8.Fonte Limonara behind the inner fortifications near Perlici
9.Fonte De Angelis in the gardens of Via S. Agnese
10.Fonte Pranzetti within the palazzo that bears the same name in Via S. Chiara
11.Fonte del Vescovado within the episcopal palace, erected in 1612 by order of Mons. Marcello Crescenzi, Bishop of Assisi from 1591 to 1631. Some of the stone employed in its construction was pillaged from Roman era buildings, while the design refers to the bishop’s coat of arms – a waxing moon
12.Fonte di Moiano once an important mineral water spring, documented as far back as the 12th century
13.Fonte di S. Ildebrando within the former girl’s orphanage in Via S. Paolo, dates back to the 18th century
14.Fonte Marcella known as Fontebella, built between 1556 and 1557 by order of the then governor of Assisi Marcello Tuto
15.Fonte S. Pietro within the courtyard of the abbey
16.Fonte in Largo Gregorio IX adjacent to the steps of the Basilica of St Francis’


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