The spacious square adjacent to the northern wall of the grand Church of San Domenico has been, for centuries, the starting point of the long road that led the people of Badolato to their Apennine Mountains, and from there to Serra San Bruno and the Tyrrhenian coast.
In the 1920s, it also became the endpoint of the power line that brought electricity from the Romito power plant, located in the highlands of Gallipari, to illuminate Badolato and the neighboring villages.
During the same period, the square became the endpoint of the municipal aqueduct, designed by the renowned engineer Taverna, which carried pure water from numerous mountain springs to the reservoir. The excess water from the reservoir flowed down, and further down, into a large basin where our women would wash the family’s laundry.
The continuously flowing water from the small fountain was used for household purposes and also provided a refreshing drink for those who descended tired from work in the mountains. Even the oxen from nearby stables would drink from the “buvèri,” the large basin.