Project Description



le vasche tellaro

Fed by the spring waters of “capoàigua” (“the beginning of the spring”), these washhouses had always had an important social role in the community. Here, women of any age and social background met and did the washing or washed the wool during the sheep shearing period. These public washhouses were built using two natural cavities covered with mortar and stones and closed by a wall of 50 cm height, with a marble plate on top. The marble plate was 8.50 meters long and 55 cm wide.

The water was gathered from the little canal below, then flowed from one basin to another and ended up into the sea. Next to this structure there was also a fountain fed by the spring waters of “capoaigua” through terracotta waterworks. Every day women walked here with terracotta jars on their heads or with the typical “lavézi” (large pots made of copper) to get their own water.


castello lerici 3
Communal Washhouses