Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rome on $85 a Day – Rome's Free Drink Service

There may be so many people in town this weekend for the beatification of Pope John Paul II that the cruise ships refuse to dock, hotels have no vacancies, and the police seem to be stationed on every corner, but, for those who brave the crowds, the Eternal City guarantees that they will have one thing in abundance. No one who comes to Rome will ever go thirsty.

This is the only city in the world with some two thousand drinking fountains erected solely for the public. These humble fountains, simple cast iron structures, are known locally as nasoni (big noses), but they offer a liquid treat that is always free and always available.

Practicalities – The water from these underground wells is deliciously cold and perfectly safe to drink. When you see one of these oddly shaped fountains and the water is running, don't hesitate to fill your water bottle.

1 comment:

  1. Aha--I see you are wearing a black & white outfit ! Been enjoying all the updates---keep up the good work. Carol