DID YOU KNOW?
There are tons of FRESH drinking water fountains all over the city!
Some of these fountains have been used for almost 2,000 years! The same aqueducts built underground in ancient times still pump water to these fountains today.
Rome’s water has been known for centuries as being rich in essential minerals. The first aqueducts that travelled underground helped to fill bathhouses, fountains, domus’ (private aristocratic housing), latrine (lavatories), irrigation for farming and more! But it wasn’t until 98 AD that the Roman Consul decided all citizens should have the right to access safe drinking water. The few underground aqueducts that Rome had constructed sourced over 39 drinking fountains around the city. After the fall of the Roman Empire, many of these fountains were destroyed. It wasn’t until the Renaissance that these public water sources were restored and later venerated through decoratively-sculpted fountains during the Baroque.
Today, Rome has more than 2,500 public fountains; all of which are pure to drink! A great way to save money is to buy a water bottle at your local supermarket and refill it as you go! The other amazing thing about Italy’s drinking fountains is that the water is virtually fluoride free (unlike in America). Remember, it’s essential to stay hydrated during the scorching summer months so take advantage of Rome’s abundant water sources!
In Rome the drinking public fountains are called "Nasoni" (literally "big noses") because of their shape.
Here is a map of the Nasoni within the city center.
For more information about the history of Rome’s aqueducts and about the sanitation of Rome’s public water, please check out the links below:
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