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?


The project

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 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.



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.




A picture of the fountain dated anno 1933




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.




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 (!)



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.  




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



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.



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



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.  


Why fund it?


                                              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...




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



- 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




- 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




- 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




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!


Founder of Eta Beta Onlus charity, is now its president. Born and grow up in Milan, she deals with cultural heritage and its preservation. Elisabetta studied at the universities of Parma and Genoa. Is confronted daily and struggle with the lack of interest in the historical-landscaped (it seems to be worthy of being preserved only what is in churches,... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ While you ask for 9,000 Euros, what about all the money collect in surplus?

To reach 9,000 Euros allow us to buy the materials needed stone the lack of which in the past had caused the block of the work.
The restoration then resume REALLY thanks to the donors!
Astonish us! ... see the details of the project, step by step, how woulb be spent all funds raised, also those in surplus compared to the threshold of 9,000. Each euro is more then important!

+ If I do not use a credit card can I still participate to the collection for the restoration of the fountain of San Martino to the Sources?

Yes, but not directly: the platform for the italian projects does not yet provide the use of wire transfers to donate directly on Kiss Kiss, but the donations made to the project by bank (one time we have received the credit advice) will be paid by the credit card of the association in the name of those who have made the donation, thus obviating this limitation. So the funds will reach in any case the cumulated-donations on kiss-kiss.
As soon as possible you will receive an official notification that alerts you to the achievement of your money for the cause of restoration, just as it heppens to those who donate directly by credit card.

+ If the donation that I chose is provided with one or more rewards that I can not enjoy or can I let deliver it to benefit others?

Of course you can.
Example 1: one of the rewards provided is a summer camp for children between 5 and 14 years old and I am an adult and no children.
I can indicate how beneficiary my nephew (ex. son of my brother), or any child who will like the camp: just tell us apart the name of the beneficiary to arrange his participation
or ...

Example 2: I want to donate for the restoration project, but I also want to let appear the name of a friend who for different reasons I respect and admire a lot (a gift): simply insert the name and details of the friend, instead of your.
or ...

Example 3: I know a friend who would like to donate himself to the cause of the restoration, but does not use the credit card...
I can do two grants, one on behalf of myself and onether on behalf of my friend (making me pay back the amount that he decided to donate).
For each of the two donations we will pay rewards expected, although physically I made the donation for both.

+ How can I donate on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank?

It's quite simple:
1 - I log on: http://www.kisskissbankbank.com

2 - I sign in with my personal data

3 - I search for the project of my interest or go directly to:

4 - I choose the amount that I want donate, then I follow the procedure until payment is required. Remember, to donate you can only use credit cards.
If you do not use credit cards contact us.

5 - if for some reasons you are not able to follow these steps, call the toll-free number 800.134988 for assistance (only from italian phones) or write a mail to: salvaguardia@etabetaonlus.org.

Newest comments

Goccia dopo goccia! Buon lavoro, Claudia
Spero davvero che la colletta giunga a buon fine.
Queste sono alcune delle donazioni in denaro contante ricevute da persone conosciute che amerebbero vedere la fontana di San Martino presto restaurata.