Those staying in Monte San Savino should definitely not miss a visit to the recently restored 16th century Cistern.
Thanks to the metal walkway that crosses it, it can be visited inside (free admission) every day.
Built both with mixed material, both stones and bricks, it consists of two naves each of mt. 26.00x5.00 covered with a barrel vault, connected to each other by four large openings with a rounded arch structure.
Outside, under the two niches, you can see the holes in the water dispensing spouts that have now disappeared.
The cistern located under the roof garden of the Palazzo di Monte seat of the municipality of Monte San Savino was built between the end of the 1500s and the beginning of the 1600s on a project perhaps by Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio or Nanni di Baccio Bigio, architect who oversaw the completion of the Di Monte family building.
It was a preserve of resurgent waters of the circolandario, today it collects the waters of the Butarone.
It is one of the largest water deposits in Tuscany, second only to the three cisterns of Livorno (Antonio Poccianti's Cisternone) for the completion of the Leopoldino aqueduct.
Once it collected water for the community, today it is used to irrigate the roof garden above.
Opening hours (summer):
From 10:00 to 24:00
Opening hours (winter):
From 10:00 to 20:00