Yesterday I promised our Italy Pic of the Day today would be at sunset and it is! This is the Acquedotto Mediceo (Medici Aqueduct) of Pitigliano at sunset. I love the poetic empty space. In Italy, even when no one is around, water still flows from the fountains.
Photo of Medici Aqueduct of Pitigliano
It’s hard to believe something so graceful can be so strong and so old! Curious how old or maybe what an aqueduct actually is? Read on to find out!
What an Aqueduct Is
Made entirely from locally sourced volcanic tuff rock, the Medici Aqueduct is one of the most iconic monuments in Pitigliano. Built between 1636 and 1639, the Medici Aqueduct brought running water to Pitigliano. Commissioned by the Medici family it has remained an artfully built example of early aqueducts. 13 small arches were added during 18h century restorations, connecting the aqueduct to the walls of Pitigliano.
Fun fact, the first aqueduct in Tuscany was Asciano Aqueduct in Pisa, Italy dating all the way back to 1592. Curious to see a giant aqueduct? Paolo also captured photos of the Spoleto, Italy Aqueduct in Umbria.
Beautiful Pictures of Pitigliano, Italy
In case you missed it, here is a rather iconic view of Pitigliano and our Pic of the Day Italy post from yesterday.
Tune in for our Italy Pic of the Day tomorrow to see a close up of the one of the coolest features on the Medici Aqueduct in Pitigliano. Hint, I’m obsessed with finding one just like it for a garden spigot!
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