There are several reasons you might find yourself embarking on the week-long 196-mile pilgrimage from Rome to Ortona, Italy. Spiritual motives, cultural interest, personal challenge, slight masochism.
The Cammino di San Tommaso is a long, thirsty pilgrimage. And not for the lack of water, but a glorious pit stop located in Caldari de Ortona, in Abruzzo, features a magnificent (and free) red wine fountain! Feeling thirsty?
If anybody asks how far you'd go for free, fountain-dispensed Italian red wine … you've got a precise mileage and footpath.
Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world embark on the San Tommaso pilgrimage to visit the remains of Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples, which sit huge and holy in the city's beautiful cathedral. A non-profit organization and local vineyard came together to construct, supply and maintain the fountain as a way to promote the pilgrimage route.
This Abruzzo wine fountain is public domain and accessible 24/7, but it's not to imply round-the-clock crapulence. The religious history of Cammino di San Tommaso discourages drunkards from public debauchery. "The wine fountain is a welcome, the wine fountain is poetry," the Dora Sarchese vineyard posted on its Facebook page.
A similar free-flowing fountain can be found in Spain along the Camino de Santiago, another religious path, only this fountain is equipped with a webcam (to watch pilgrims get wasted and fuel that FOMO).
You could join the thousands of pilgrims each year of various ages and motivations to get buzzed on free, local Italian red wine while possibly dancing with the beautiful people of Ortona. One hundred ninety six miles is a small price to pay.
Italy and Spain aren't the only nations revolutionizing alcohol delivery systems. Belgium's two-mile-long beer pipeline pumps over 1,000 gallons of beer per hour according to Smithsonian Mag, and is located right in the medieval, fairy-like city of Bruges. It's the city's first ever underground beer pipeline, which carries beer from one of the city's largest brewers to its bottling facility a few miles away.
Meanwhile, in America, we drink water from metal-boxes with boring, vertical spouts to fill water bottles -- it's the fanciest we'll get with free beverages.