Cast iron fountains represent a recurring element in Italian cities, which we find placed along the streets or squares. The use can be either public or private. Certainly among the drinking fountains, those made of cast iron are more widespread than monumental fountains.
Cast iron is an iron and carbon alloy that has good hardness and strength and this allows it to have various applications. Thanks to the casting technique, various shapes can be made with cast iron. There are different types of cast iron, the one most used for the construction of the fountains is the gray one. It is a material whose origins date back over 1000 years BC, when it was still considered a by-product. Only with the passing of the centuries and with the evolution of manufacturing techniques did it begin to be used in various sectors. Making a cast iron fountain almost means making it 'eternal' since it is a material that resists the weather in time and does not require any maintenance. For these two reasons, the fountains were mainly made of cast iron.