For hundreds, perhaps a thousand years, local folks have made their way to this fountain in Piazza del Salvatore to fill their water bottles at the spigot to take home for cooking and drinking. Even the young woman in the "Beats" headphones carries on the tradition.
This nice lady with the bicycle, her basket filled with bottles of fresh water, explained to me in rapid-fire Italian (thinking I understood ) that the water flows fresh and clear to this piazza from the mountains of Pisa. I like that - and I like that she took the time to proudly tell me - me, just another tourist enjoying her homeland of remarkable beauty and old world charm.
I hope you can follow along with me on Joe's Retirement Blog from time to time and share my wonder as we visit this most special place on the planet.