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The Free Wine Fountain in Italy

A place where wine runs free from fountains, surrounded by nature and Italian culture... sounds too good to be true.

By People! Just say Something!Published 3 years ago Updated 5 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - June 2021

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Have you ever meandered by a fountain, only to find yourself wishing the cascading water could transform into a beverage more enticing? Envision a fountain flowing not with water, but with freshly squeezed lemonade or even draft beer. Well, a small town in Italy houses a fountain that seems to be plucked straight from our most fanciful dreams—a fountain that flows with rich, Italian red wine!

In the quaint community of Villa Caldari di Ortona, Italy, lies a treasure many of us could only imagine—a fountain that quenches the thirst of its visitors with exquisite wine from a local winery. Situated a few miles before the journey's end of the Cammino di San Tommaso, this wine fountain, constructed by Dora Sarchese Vini, serves as a delightful respite for weary travelers, pouring glasses of red wine for pilgrims and tourists alike. It stands as a testament to the generosity and rich cultural heritage of the region, a beacon attracting visitors to the historic path of St. Thomas.

The Cammino di San Tommaso, translating to The Way of St. Thomas in English, is a historic 196-mile pilgrimage that stretches from Rome to Ortona, Italy. This significant route holds the relics of St. Thomas the Apostle and has been a symbol of spiritual and cultural exploration since the time of Saint Bridget of Sweden in 1365. The way is a harmonious blend of faith, nature, culture, and tradition, allowing travelers to traverse through central Italy's most captivating natural parks and discover sites of worship, medieval abbeys, and enduring specimens of art and culture.

This extraordinary fountain is not merely a source of free wine; it is a collaborative embodiment of tradition and hospitality. It was established with the aspiration to encourage more individuals to explore the Basilica and embrace the pilgrim path created by Saint Bridget of Sweden, who traversed from Rome to Ortona to honor St. Thomas. It’s a gift to the Cammino di San Tommaso from Dora Sarchese Vini, aiming to draw more visitors to Ortona and provide sustenance for the final leg of their journey.

The Way of St. Thomas is more than a spiritual journey; it’s a modern pilgrimage known as "pellegriviaggio," and it’s a voyage that links faith and culture, allowing visitors to witness the breathtaking landscapes of the Gran Sasso National Park, the Majella National Park, and many more, all while delving into the rich tapestry of history and tradition that the locals have cherished for generations.

The enchanting wine fountain and the historic journey of St. Thomas together weave a tale of exploration, tradition, and generosity, illustrating the deep-rooted values and the vibrant cultural heritage of Italy. It’s a journey that offers not just a sip of exquisite wine but a sip of Italy’s rich history and tradition, making it an experience that lingers in the heart long after the journey concludes.

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