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Collepino-Spello Aqueduct

COLLEPINO-SPELLO AQUEDUCT

The aqueduct, measuring 5.61 km in length, drew water from the Canale or Molinaccio Spring, under the Collepino castle.
The waterworks was built in the Augustan age to convey drinking water within the walls of the Roman city of Spello. A channel with a rectangular cross-section and that runs mostly underground.

In the 1360 municipal statutes, maintenance was assigned to the municipality, which was also required to take care of health and hygiene-related aspects.

The duct was fully functional up until the 1800s, when the municipality of Spello decided to build a new aqueduct with cast iron pipes, inaugurated in 1902. In 2009 it was turned into a pedestrian footpath with a slope of 148 metres and making for a walk of about 1h 20’.

MOLINACCIO SPRING

Located at the start of the route is the drinking trough with three basins which was used for animals. To the side there is a small basin, which now has a tap providing drinking water from the spring nearby. On top of it, there is a flat tile with the word “ARD”, while a flat tile set in the wall bears the date 1771 with the scraped-off words …DELLA COM. EE indicating that the spring belonged to the Church.

THE POINTS ALONG THE ROUTE

Molinaccio Spring
• Corvara Bridge, also known as “ponte de la Corbara”. Crosses the Terza Rea ditch.
• Ponte delle Mole (Grindstones Bridge) also known as “ponte de le Moie”.
• Le Tane (“The Dens”).
• La spiaggetta (the “little beach”). Made with the remains of the aqueduct.
• Parasacco Bridge, 18 metres high with a single stone arch.
• Strappabrache Wood (Trouser tearer), a dense thicket of elmleaf blackberries.
• La grande chiocciola (“the big spiral”). A route excavated in rock.
Abbeveratoio dell’asino (“Donkey trough”), 397 m above sea level. Spring used to water animals.
• Curva del Rosmarino (“Rosemary Bend”). The route goes past a farmhouse turned into a religious retreat of the Fratel Carretto Jesus Caritas company, whose facade retains a shrine with a painting portraying Our Lady with angels.
• La grande quercia (“The big oak”).
• I fichi (“The figs”).
• I tornanti (“The hairpin bends”).
• Belvedere (“Viewpoint”). It offers a view of the town of Spello immersed
among olive trees.
• Three arches of the aqueduct. Built to go over the slope of a
ditch, one of the many running down the sides of the mountain.
• Age-old bench made from a slab off the Roman wall of the
aqueduct.
• Roman remains of the aqueduct.
• La grande finestra (“The big window”). There were many windows, some showing the date 1783, once employed to inspect
the narrow tunnel and to draw water
, and some slits to let air in.
• The great wall.
• The cliff.
• “Le Rierce”.
• Bulgarella Spring (313 metres above sea level), from which deliciously cold water
flows.

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