Mulino Spagnolo

Built on the waters of the magnificent Orbetello Lagoon, this windmill is the last of what used to be nine wheat mills built in the 1500s.

In the past, the mills exploited the lagoon’s water power to grind wheat, which was then shipped back to Orbetello in small homemade boats, some of which are now on display at the Aquarium in Talamone.

If it sounds awkward, it was. A small bridge was built later on to connect them to land and the ruins of that bridge can still be seen on the shores of the lagoon today.

According to the locals, the windmill we see today didn’t originally turn and only started to work after the Spanish repaired it and added their own little touches.

I guess the Italian architects before them just couldn’t figure out the mechanics.