Just a couple of days ago I was touring together with a family and noticed that the kids were not feeling secure to drink tap water from the street fountains because they believed it wasn’t good.
This is true in many places in the world were the taste of tap water is not enjoyable…but not in Rome!
Rome public water is good, healthy, fresh and absolutely safe. We have now a 23 centuries old tradition of public water that we still are very proud of.
The first roman aqueduct was built around 320 before Christ by Appio Claudio Ceco the roman magistrate in charge of public works back then. He also had the Old Appian way realized. Since then, wherever the roman were expanding their domains they were providing their new provinces with roads, aqueducts and sewer systems.
Today you can find many fountains in the city and, unless it’s written ‘non potabile ‘(not potable), that is fresh and free good water for you to enjoy.
The traditional fountains are named ‘nasone’ -big nose-, and provide an easy way to drink without getting wet.
The pictures on the side will explain you how. While in Rome buy just a plastic bottle of water and then constantly fill it at the street fountains.
Of course my young friends ended up appreciating the quality of Roman water and its taste!
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