Italy Opens Free 24-Hour Wine Fountain

A local at a small Italian town recently opened a fountain that pours out red wine instead of water. The wine fountain is found in Caldari di Ortona, in Abruzzo, just along the Cammino di San Tommaso, a popular pilgrimage route. Tourists and visitors can visit the small town and enjoy the red wine from the fountain that flows a delicious red wine for 24-hours a day. Visitors are expected to bring their own glasses and cups to taste the free flowing beverage.


The best part about this attraction is that it is absolutely free. Anyone can walk up to the fountain and have a glass of the red wine. The fountain was opened by Dora Sarchese, who owned a local vineyard. It was installed there to provide wine for the thousands of pilgrims and tourists that travel from Rome to Ortona to visit the popular cathedral of the city. It was designed by Rocco Valentini, who was an architect that also created the Di Sipio winery in Ripa Teatina near the Adriatic Sea.


The fountain is open all day and all night, and encourages people to interact with other travelers and wine connoisseurs. Aside from the fountain of wine, the small town offers several wineries for those that want to sample specific bottles and vintages. The idea of the wine fountain was inspired by the one in Batumi, Georgia. The resort town has a fountain called the “Chacha Tower” that dispenses chacha (a local moonshine) for 10 minutes every day at 7 pm.

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