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La Fontana di San Martino alle Fonti - Restauriamola!

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Betty
Castelfiorentino
15
Backers
Sunday, October 11, 2015
End date
€1,792
Out of €9,000
19 %

A beautiful antique fountain on which we work for years. We would like to give back its original splendor. Are you one of us, too?

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La Fontana di San Martino alle Fonti - Restauriamola!

Objective: to restore and open the Fountain by June 2016!

 

Since 10 years we study and restore fountains and the Tabernacles and other cultural heritage and landscape in Italy with the belief that awareness, engage and work for their protection leads to conservation of their beauty. Because you should never say "it's too late". Because you can always write another happy recovery chapter of our cultural heritage.

 

We intend to use the collect entirely to the restoration (see details), the goal is fixed at 9,000 euro about a half of the amount needed for interventions forseen in the project. Support us, with your help, the fountain will sure rise again! Join this fundrising

 

THE HISTORY

 

The fountain of San Martino was committed by Ferdinand III Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and was inaugurate in the year 1817. Situated just south of Castelfiorentino, from the beginning was one of the most important infrastructures for travelers coming from or going to Rome. Just north of Castelfiorentino it existed a fountain very similar to this (now lost) situated a few dozen meters from a staging post for changing horses and accommodation of travelers.   The fountain in ancien regime was a public work of primary importance and as such had its own epigraph in plate that celebrated the sovereign who wanted her: the Grand Duke in his political impetus to develop the trade and industry of his realm, in the heydays of the Restoration.

 

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Celebrating epigraph of the fountain anno 1817 (transcription published in 1918)

 

The fountain was undergone by frequent maintenance activity until the raise of the Italian Kingdom. This cares were performed to undermine the productive capabilities of the fountain. The water of the fountain, was reputed as very light and of high drink quality, very suitable for men and animal use as well, as being the only really source of drinking water for the whole castle and village of Castelfiorentino. Was always used for suppling all the crews and animals in transit on the old via Romana and via Volterrana. With the advent of a modern public aqueduct at the beginning of the twentieth century the fountain underwent a slow but inexorable decline, so much so that until about 20 years ago, the fountain was a place abandoned and overgrown by wild vegetation and rubbish of all kinds.

 

 

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A picture of the fountain dated anno 1933

 

BACK ON TOP

 

Since 2007 the association Eta Beta Onlus took care of the maintenance of the site, and was able to produce a project of restoration and, according to the municipality, had initiated the restoration of the fountain itself and of the surrounding area.

 

 

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Permission of restoration from the Cultural Heritage Office of the State based in Florence

 

In 2008 was decided to rebuild the front pavement of the fountain, which probably did not receive care from the second half of the nineteenth century (!)

 

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A work team in action to restore the front pavement of the fountain (2008-2009)

 

In 2009 it took place the cleanup of the central body of the fountain and the rebuilding of four washing floors. The whole structure was affected by a main biological and chemical attack of biological and chemical pollutants attack which not only endanger the materials of the fountain, but significantly changed the color effect of the monument.  

 

 

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A restorer cleans the central wing of the fountain from Algae and pollution dirtiness

 

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Washing floors were restored in 2009

 

In 2010 our attention moved ito the floor of the main basin of the fountain that had been demolished in the last years of the twentieth century due to the negligence of the company in charge of the work. Followed uninterruptedly maintenance activities ordinary which allowed to stabilize the conditions of the artifact waiting for its final restoration.

 

The project has received support and awards from IBO, SCI and of the Earthwatch Instutute of Boston (Mass.) U.S.A.

 

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A fragment of the inner flowr of the fountain main basin keep form under her hands

 

The restoration was blocked by the lack of expensive stone materials as columns, riliefs and expecial bricks and decorations no more in production, added to logistic difficulties encountered in the past to bring water from the spring back to its fountain: we needed to rebuild a hundred fifty meters circa of acqueduct.

Hence the need to raise funds to complete this important restoration.

 

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Italian restoration team in julliet 2015

 

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Photo of some members of our association. Betty kept here the picture!

 

A campaign to safeguard is primarily a social event: many people with various abilities are involved for a common goal (restoration, census, maintenance, fundraising or awareness, or all or some of these actions). To the date of today many italian people have participated in the campaigns neverthless French citizens, Belgians, British, Dutch, American, Spanish, Australians, Germans, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Russians, Irish, Slovenians, Croats, and Turks.

Everyone was able to contribute due to its skills and possibilities. As the donor may also be interested in becoming one of our volunteers discover how and when subscribing on our mailing list.  

 

Allocation of funds

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                                              Tenth campaign (2015)

 

To reach the goal of the fundraising is really one keystone for the fountain of San Martino.

The funds that would be raised will come to complete the restoration of the fountain it self.

 

In particular, funds will be used to purchase:

- Stone materials needed (high relief, the mouth of the fountain, small columns and floors, angulars intravertine) and put them in place EUR 9,000

 

But another operations are needed...

 

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so if the collection will exceed the minimum threshold of EUR 9,000 here under is

HOW WE WILL USE THE FUNDS IN SURPLUS:

 

- to let make terracotta bricks no longer in production and use, much and much  longer than the current ones and with special decorations -kind peacock feather. Thees are the only suitable to end the elements of the fountain destroyed or ruined by time. EUR 1,500

 

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- to complete the pipeline which will provide water to the fountain, from the original source to the outlet pipe, through the re-trenching of a water-pipe for a distance of about 150 meters separating the source from the fountain EUR 5,000

 

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- to complete the left wing of the pavement in front of the fountain, still missing the balusters which in origin protected the pavement and the fountain. Plus some protection from automotive traffic on the contiguous road. EUR 1,500

 

- to organize a restoration camp that allows international students and workers active in the field of restoration and interpretation of cultural heritage to carry on an  interesting experince, on a really unique site

EUR 1,000

 

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Exceed the target of 9,000 EUR of this fundrisind would be great, and affordable.

But we remain on the ground. Is up to you to give us a couple of wings!

Choose your reward

For €1

A DROP - A personal invitation to the opening + print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless __________________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery June 2016

For €5

TWO DROPS - A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless __________________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery June 2016

For €10

THREE DROPS - A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery April 2016

For €20

HALF A GLASS - Coupon for an ArteinGioco lab (one day) valid for one child aged 5 to 14 or a screen-printed T-shirt Eta Beta Onlus's "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino restoration" + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery June 2016

For €30

A GLASS - You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + Coupon for an ArteinGioco lab (one day) valid for one child aged 5 to 14 + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery June 2016

For €40

TWO GLASSES - You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + Coupon for an ArteinGioco lab (one day) valid for one child aged 5 to 14 + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery June 2016

For €60

THREE GLASSES - 1 Screen-printed T-shirt Eta Beta Onlus's "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino restoration" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + Coupon for an ArteinGioco lab (one day) valid for one child aged 5 to 14 + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + Coupon for free entry to the ArteinGioco lab valid (one day) for one child aged 5 to 14 and a screen-printed T-shirt Eta Beta Onlus's "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino restoration" + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Delivery June 2016

For €100

A BOTTLE - 2 screen-printed T-shirts Eta Beta Onlus's "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino restoration" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + Coupon for an ArteinGioco Camp (5 days) valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Availability: 250/250
  • Delivery June 2016

For €200

A TUSCAN FLASK (THE WINE ONES WERE USED ALSO FOR WATER!) - Three days and two nights trek for one person on the Via Francigena to the discovery of history and beautiful landscapes. Partecipants which need it will be assisted by a car for luggage and emergencies + 2 screen-printed T-shirts Eta Beta Onlus's "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino restoration" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + Coupon for an ArteinGioco Camp (5 days) valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Availability: 100/100
  • Delivery June 2016

For €500

A JUG OF WATER - Four days and three nights trek for one person on the Via Francigena to discover history and beautiful landscapes. Partecipants which need it will be assisted by a car for luggage and emergencies + 2 screen -printed T-shirts Eta Beta Onlus's "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino restoration" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + Coupon for a 5 days ArteinGioco Camp valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Availability: 20/20
  • Delivery June 2016

For €1,000

MEZZINA (A TRADITIONAL FLAGON USED TO TAP INTO WATER) - Four days and three nights trek for two persons on the Via Francigena to the discovery of history and beautiful landscapes. Partecipants which need it, will be assisted by a car for luggage and emergencies. + Coupon for a 5 days ArteinGioco Camp valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years and two really nice screen-printed T-shirts of Eta Beta Onlus "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink again the fresh water of the fountain it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Availability: 20/20
  • Delivery June 2016

For €1,500

IL PILLONE (A LITTLE STONE BASIN TO COLLECT THE WATER OF THE SPRING) - As generous donor you are, your name will be recorded in an commemorative inscription placed not far from the fountain, remembering the restoration as well the donors who made possible all this + Four days and three nights trek for 2 persons on the Via Francigena to the discovery of history and beautiful landscapes. Partecipants which need it will be assisted by a car for luggage and emergencies. + Coupon for a five days ArteinGioco Camp valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years and two really nice screen-printed T-shirts of Eta Beta Onlus "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink the fresh water of the fountain again it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Availability: 10/10
  • Delivery June 2016

For €2,500

IL PILLONE E LA VASCA MAGGIORE (THE TWO MAIN BASINS OF MANY FOUNTAIN) - As very generous donor you are, you will receive a decorated and hand made terracotta brick so as it was designed in the first decade of the nineteenth century + Your name will be recorded in an commemorative inscription placed not far from the fountain, remembering the restoration as well the donors who made possible all this + Four days and three nights trek for 2 persons on the Via Francigena to the discovery of history and beautiful landscapes. Partecipants which need it will be assisted by a car for luggage and emergencies. + Coupon for a five days ArteinGioco Camp valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years and two really nice screen-printed T-shirts of Eta Beta Onlus "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink the fresh water of the fountain again it is something that is priceless Consegna di un mattone pennato realizzato a mano per la decorazione della fontana su disegno originale dell'inizio del XIX secolo (da esporre) + Iscrizione del proprio nome in una targa-epigrafe commemorativa posta a ricordo del restauro e dei donatori da collocarsi a poca distanza dalla fontana + Trek a piedi guidato ed attrezzato per 2 persone sulla via Francigena alla scoperta di storia e paesaggi meravigliosi (4 giorni e 3 notti) + Copia della pubblicazione in edizione limitata inerente la fontana e la sua storia + Coupon di partecipazione gratuita ad un settimana ArteinGioco valida per 2 bambini dai 5 ai 14 anni e 2 magliette serigrafate di Eta Beta Onlus "Campagne di Salvaguardia" o "San Martino" + Tour tra fontane e tabernacoli di campagna, borghi e castelli della Valdelsa (1/2 giornata) + Partecipazione alla degustazione che seguirà l'inaugurazione della fontana restaurata + Iscrizione alla newsletter dedicata al restauro: sarai tenuto al corrente di tutti gli sviluppi che riguardano il restauro della fontana + Una piccola e simpatica sorpresa che crescerà con te (dei semi!) + Invito all'inaugurazione + invio lettera di ringraziamento per la donazione ricevuta con piccolo calendario fotografico di fontane e tabernacoli anno 2017 + Poter finalmente bere l'acqua della fontana dopo decenni in cui è rimasta a secco (!) ... non ha prezzo ______________________________________________________________ In Italia, e nella maggior parte dei paesi europei, donazioni e contributi ad organizzazioni no-profit sono in misura variabile fiscalmente deducibili o detraibili. Per saperne di più contattaci: 324.7799951 oppure 800.134988
  • Availability: 5/5

For €5,000

THE SOURCE THAT ALL FEEDS - As munificent donor you are, you'll get the stone "mascherone" stone a unique copy of the fountain mouth + and you will receive a decorated and hand made terracotta brick so as it was designed in the first decade of the nineteenth century. No more of twenty-four copies exist of it in the world + Your name will be recorded in an commemorative inscription placed not far from the fountain, remembering the restoration as well the donors who made possible all this + Four days and three nights trek on the Via Francigena to the discovery of history and beautiful landscapes. Partecipants which need it will be assisted by a car for luggage and emergencies. + Coupon for a five days ArteinGioco Camp valid for two children aged from 5 to 14 years and 2 really nice screen-printed T-shirts of Eta Beta Onlus "Campaigns Safeguard" or "San Martino" + You'll have the possibility to take part to an half day guided tour between fountains and shrines of the countryside, villages and castles between Chianti, Elsa Valley and Maremma + You'll get copy of the book about fountain history for you in a limited edition + You'll be invited to the tasting after the inauguration of the restored fountain + Subscription to the newsletter dedicated to the restoration: you will be kept informed of all developments concerning the restoration of the fountain + A nice little surprise that will grow with you (seeds!) + A personal invitation to the opening + Calendar of year 2017 or print of fountains and shrines + passing here and drink the fresh water of the fountain again it is something that is priceless ______________________________________________________________ In Italy and in most European countries, donations and contributions to non-profit organizations are tax deductible to varying degrees. Keep contact with us: +39 324.7799951 or toll free number 800.134988 (only from italian phones)
  • Availability: 5/5
  • Delivery June 2016

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