The Water Route
The programme includes:
- Two nights in a double room with breakfast
- Welcome drink (Friday)
- Tour of the Museo dell’Acqua and the bottini with the Associazione La Diana, including entrance to the Museo dell’Acqua and entrance to the bottini (Saturday)
- Dinner at a restaurant (Saturday)
EUR 520.00* per person, double occupancy
*Price based on accommodation at the Hotel Palazzetto Rosso or Hotel Athena. Additional EUR 100.00 for the Grand Hotel Continental or Hotel Certosa di Maggiano. (Prices valid for min. 2 participants. Extras: Private transfers available upon request.)
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Check-in at the pre-booked hotel upon arrival in Siena. Late afternoon meeting with the tour representative for a short welcome briefing followed by an aperitif in a spectacular location in the heart of Siena. Dinner (not included) and overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, then meet up with the guide to begin the water route.
As Siena is not crossed by any river, an extensive network of underground aqueducts, called bottini, has been used since ancient times to bring water to the local inhabitants. Our journey takes us in search of this legendary river, starting with an interactive exhibition at the Museo dell’Acqua, designed with a multimedia approach that immerses visitors in the history of the bottini through films, narratives, and objects that make the visit particularly engaging and enjoyable.
After this full-scale introduction, we set off to dive beneath the tufa of Siena to explore the ancient bottini themselves, an ingenious system of excavated tunnels that can be travelled on foot and which continue to feed the city’s historic fonts. Legend also has it that the workers who worked in the bottini ran away in fear after seeing strange creatures lurking in the darkness of the earth. Who knows, maybe we’ll meet some goblins too!
Afterwards, lunch in the centre of Siena (not included) and a guided tour of city’s fonts and Contrada fountains, living testimony to a Siena still anchored to its medieval values and traditions.
Time after to freshen up at the hotel before meeting for dinner at a restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by farewells and either free time to continue exploring the city or departure for home.