Water Museum in Siena
The great challenge to bring water to Siena
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM; from October to May: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Mandatory reservation: send an email to email@example.com (specifying the date, number of participants, contact phone number, and the type of visit: Museum only or complete visit with the Bottini delle Fonti di Pescaia).
Upon reservation, availability for the requested date will be checked, and the methods for prepayment of tickets will be communicated.
The Water Museum occupies the three floors, two of eighteenth-century origin and the third one of nineteenth-century origin, of the building that is over the Fountains of Pescaia. Thanks to a very rich multimedia and audiovisual path, it allows visitors to know and appreciate one of the most extraordinary creations in the history of Siena, city born and developed far from the rivers: the system of the “bottini”, of the fountains and artifacts that used to carry the water to the city.
The visitor is immersed in the tale of the “bottini” (real underground aqueducts, tunnels dug in the sandstone, also partly walled, that after collecting the waters of the sources and the infiltrations of rainwater, they brought them to the homes of the city) and the fountains through films, stories and objects that make the visit particularly engaging and pleasant. In the audio documentation there are also the testimonies of the elders of the city that help us understand how much of the history, of the structure of the city and of the memory of the Sienese is related to this fascinating, complex water system that is hidden underground.
The Water Museum has 10 multimedia installations with 12 video projectors, 11 airing systems, 10 audio systems, 8 sensory systems and 4 monitors.
The complete visit, curated by the Associazione La Diana, also includes a visit inside the bottino of the Fountains of Pescaia.
Reservations for visits to the “Water Museum” can be made by calling the numbers 0577-292614/5, from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (specifying the date, number of participants, and contact phone number).
Upon reservation, availability for the requested date will be checked, and the methods for prepayment of tickets will be communicated through the PagoPa platform.
From June to September: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM; from October to May: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The maximum number of visitors per session is fifteen people. Ticket prices: full price €10; reduced price €5 (for youths aged 11 to 19, seniors, university students, residents of the Municipality of Siena); free admission for children under 11 years of age. Free admission is also available for disabled individuals and their companions.
For information, visit museoacqua.comune.siena.it.