Gallery delle Fontane in Parma. A completely underground tour following the path of the most precious element: water.

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Commissioned by the Duchess of Parma Marie Louise, the Gallery delle Fontane was built in 1841. It replaced the pre-existing section of the aqueduct built under Ottavio Farnese in 1570 and made it easier to inspect the aqueduct pipes in the urban stretch of the city, so that officials could monitor and repair any leaks. This initiative is considered one of the first interventions dedicated to the theme of sustainability and aimed at reducing waste.

In the 19th century, private connections were few and often common for one or more buildings. Domestic distribution had to wait for a new aqueduct, which was inaugurated on July 15, 1900. The route (200 meters) starts from the Parma Tourist Office in Piazza Garibaldi and ends, rising to the surface, at the cafeteria of the Feltrinelli bookstore in Via Farini.

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